Garner Police Department contractor files lawsuit against town, architect attempting to recover late fees

The contractor that renovated the Garner Police Department is trying to recoup money the town withheld in penalties after the work took longer than scheduled.

In a complaint filed Dec. 13 in Wake County Superior Court, Calvin Davenport Inc. is seeking to recover at least $69,000 from the town and ADW Architects. The contractor says the town is obligated to pay that money under the contract Garner signed.

In a response filed Feb. 16, Garner town attorney Bill Anderson argued that the court should dismiss CDI’s complaint.

On Wednesday, Anderson said the lawsuit revolves around $57,000 in liquidated damages the town withheld, at $500 per day, after the work ran 114 days past deadline. But the dispute began underground, with an AT&T cable, the town attorney said.

Shortly after work on the project began in August 2014, the contractor encountered an unexpected utility cable near the…

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