Kempner: City Hall Lawsuit Still Pending, New Problems Arise

By: Brittany Semadeni Email
By: Brittany Semadeni Email

KEMPNER (February 7, 2013)--Negotiation attempts continue between city officials and Gene Doss Construction after hairline cracks, leaks and possible foundation issues were discovered at city hall, built just more than a year ago.

Last fall, city officials and attorneys performed a walk-through in the more than $350,000 building where, according to the city, apparent issues were found.

McKamie Kruger LLP, the law firm representing Kempner, filed a petition for a suit in the 27th District Court against the construction company and their performance bond holder.

According to a city spokesperson, Gene Doss Construction expressed the belief that the issues could be weather-related which would not be covered under the warranty.

However, since the lawsuit was filed, new problems have been discovered.

According to a city employee, incorrect screws were used to attach metal siding to the building creating a rattling sound and incorrect heating elements were installed inside the air conditioning unit creating temperature inconsistency.

A settlement offer has been introduced by the city, but there is no word yet on if it will be accepted.

The settlement offer does not include the newly-discovered issues since the warranty has since expired.

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