County Votes to Make Final Construction Payment, End Litigation

TOPEKA, Kan. - Shawnee County Commissioners Thursday, June 26 voted to settle the litigation between the Shawnee North Aquatic Center and contractor Champion Builders.

The County had withheld final construction costs while waiting for payment from an insurance company related to the project for $133,000 for damage done to a filter building by an acid leak.

Assistant Shawnee County Counselor James Crowl said the County wanted to get paid in full for that damage before paying the final amount of its contract, $158,324.94.

"Once we got paid in full for those amounts, then that allowed us to release the remaining funds due for the construction of the facility. And that set in motion the events so that all of the parties could settle the litigation," said Crowl. "What we'll do is finalize this case and the case will be over."

"It'd be no different than if you hired work to be done at your house and there were some issues outstanding and you hadn't paid the final amount yet. once those issues were taken care of, now you're paying the final amount," said Crowl. "That's what we're doing today. And along with that, we're dismissing the litigation between the parties."


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