I would like to comment on the school board meeting article (May 24) and the comments of board members (Bryan) Lefelhoc and (James) Wolfe. "It sounds ugly" because it is. Thank you Rick Ewing for your comments because this is not a fairly common process. We should not have had any legal fees and as a taxpayer, I don't appreciate the board trying to make this sound like "no big deal."
I have worked for 25 years for a contractor and having a supplier put a lien on one of our customer's projects is not something we would ever want to have happen (and never has happened). Do you think that our customer, who paid us, would be happy about having to pay legal fees to get a lien on their building removed because we didn't pay for materials bought for the project? I don't think so and I don't understand why the school board had to pay any legal fees. Was Mid American Construction required to have a performance bond along with their bid? Granted I am not a lawyer but I would think the settlement agreement would have included being reimbursed for our legal fees since "we are not to blame for any monies or anything of that sort." $20,000 may not sound like a lot of money to the board but it certainly does to me and I'm sure most other taxpayers.
I would suggest the board research the companies they hire to be sure they are reputable and that the subcontractors they hire are also. I have a feeling that there is way more to this story than we are being allowed to know.