Contractor, seeking $683,317, sues school board

BEKA Industries Inc. of Pasadena says pact wrongfully terminated

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August 14, 2005|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A contractor who helped complete Bellow Springs Elementary School in Ellicott City two years ago has filed a civil suit against the Howard County school board, seeking $683,317 the firm's attorneys claim is owed for the job.

BEKA Industries Inc. of Pasadena claims in the suit filed July 29 in Howard County Circuit Court that the school board wrongfully terminated the contract for an alleged failure to properly perform some of the work.

In 2002, the firm was awarded a bid for $2.7 million worth of site excavation, curb and gutter installation, paving, outdoor equipment, lighting, landscaping, seeding and fencing, the suit said.

The firm completed the work in time for the building's opening in August 2003, and had fixed any outstanding problems by October, according to the claim.

The suit further claims the firm did additional work after substantial completion of the project, yet was not paid toward the end of the contract period or since.

Attorneys Scott A. Livingston and Lydia B. Hoover also claimed the county never provided any list of specific deficiencies in the work as a reason to stop payments.

Raymond Brown, the school system's chief operating officer, declined to comment.

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