Bonifay puts companies on notice for alleged subpar work at fire station

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EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this story erroneously stated Dewberry Engineering had not approved work done by Holley prior to the final payout. Dewberry did approved that final pay request. This article has been corrected. The Times-Advertiser apologizes for the error.

Bonifay City Council tasked Attorney Michelle Jordan with putting Holley Development’s bond agency and Dewberry Engineering’s liability service on notice when the board met in regular session Monday.

The City is expected to hire an outside engineering firm to evaluate work performed for the expansion project at the Bonifay Fire Station, citing substandard work. Construction for the project is being done by Holley Development, while Dewberry Engineering designed and inspected the project. The company’s final pay request of $15,000 has not yet been processed.

According to Jordan, Holley is blaming the quality issues on a bad design, leading the City to the decision to hire an outside inspector and place both the bond company and liability carrier on notice regarding the issues.

In other business, the council appointed former council member Rickey Callahan as Interim City Clerk. Callahan will start work on May 11. Applications to fill the position permanently are being taken until May 20. The council is expected to decide on how to fill the position in an upcoming meeting.

In an unexpected motion, Mayor James “Eddie” Sims, moved to appoint Councilman Travis Cook as Vice-Mayor, a position held by longtime council member Roger Brooks. The vote was unanimous to approve the motion. Cook abstained from the vote. Brooks remains an active member of the council.

Bonifay City Council will meet again in regular session at 6 p.m., Monday, May 23.

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