Due to defective work from the contractor, Jake’s Excavating & Landscaping LLC, the City of Phillips is looking at the possibility of having to tear up brand new streets from a 2014 project or accept the work as is at a reduced price. The issue, discussed at the April 7 Committee of the Whole meeting, is complicated by the fact that legal costs may equal or exceed the estimated repair costs. Currently, the city is withholding $120,000 from the contractor until they can reach a settlement.
The contractor made the city an initial proposal of $25,000 ($1,000 a year) to clean the sewers for 25 years. A second proposal was made of $1,000 a year for 75 years, which would be the approximate life of the sewer system.