Problems with building the City Hall #1.
This building was erected by Rob Christian of Christian construction, Bill Fultz and Alderman Charles White, his business partner in Pinnacle Place. He initially receive a bid from Gary Willis for just under $500,000 to put up a large metal building. He rejected this bid and other bids which were over one million dollars and gave it to Rob Christian to build. There are many concerns in this deal such as Workers Compensation Christian not being a license contractor.
1. Was Mr. Rob Christian the contractor for the city hall building #1, and if not, who was?
2. Why was your partner of Pinnacle Development Rob Christian given the contract to build the city hall #1?
3. The contract you signed on June 25, 2007 was with Christian Construction and was to “dig footer and form concrete, install rebar in footer as specified and make ready to pour concrete and to erect 60 x 200 metal building. It was further agreed that the contractor will pour and finish concrete for the 12,000 square foot pad for the VFD/EMS building and form pour and finish concrete for a 6,000 square foot pad to be used for Skateboard Park for a total bid amount of $102,000. The contract also states that the city will furnish all the material, supply, tools, and equipment and the contractor will furnish all the labor and other services necessary for the completion of the project
4. Did the payment to Christian Construction for the labor to construct the city hall bldg #1 and the Skateboard exceed $102,000. If so, than why given there is a contract signed by you and Mr. Christian.
5.$102,000 bid seems exceedingly low. Was this done to give your partner in Pinnacle Development the construction job while keeping out other contractors?
6. Did Rob Christian, your partner in Pinnacle Development, have a valid contractor license at time of the contract signing and during the construction of the building?
7. Did you or anyone else in your administration check to see if he had a valid contractor license in Tennessee?
8. Mr. Rob Christian, your partner in the Pinnacle Development, wrote on his application to the city of Harrogate, that his Tennessee license contractor license was 104252. In doing research with the Tennessee Licensing Board, it was discovered that this number was not assigned to Mr. Rob Christian. In fact, the number was assigned to a cosmetologist Carnell Vann from Memphis, TN. Were you aware of this during the construction phase of the building?
9. According to the records from the State of Tennessee, the license of Christian Construction based in Knoxville, TN was number 276727 and failed to renew on September 30, 2007, shortly after the contract for City Hall and Christian Construction was signed. Were you aware of this?
10. Did Christian Construction Company have Workers Compensation insurance at all times during the construction phase of the city hall building #1 and as was it on file with the city?
11. Do you think its important for a city contractor to carry workman’s compensation on their employees?
12. Is it not a requirement that you verify that all contractors for the city carry workers compensation on their employees.
13. According to the city recorder, you did not have a copy of the workers compensation documents during the construction of city hall #1.
14. What liability and exposure would the city and its residents have if there was a serious injury associated with a worker from Christian Construction with the company having no workers compensation insurance?
15. Do you keep a copy as required by law of all workers compensation documents by all contractors for the city?