“The main thing is we can’t control the weather. Any contractor will include weather days in postponements for legal purposes,” said Mitchell. “If they go over a certain number of days above and beyond the scheduled amount and weather they could face liquidated damages.”
Mitchell said that he did not know the specified amount of time to complete the job, without weather delays and did not return calls from The Cadiz Record with this information. He said that the average penalty for lateness was $200 a day.
“This is our only recourse to keep contractors on the job to finish on time. We have it in the contractor and will look at subcontractors who may be behind in their trade. For 20-30 projects, I’ve only seen one charged for liquidated damages. The Project Development Boards chose to pursue damages or not.”
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