County Issues Notice of Intent to Terminate to Library Contractor

Construction delays for the new Eastern Shore regional library have set back its completion by more than a year. Photo by Carol Vaughn.

By Carol Vaughn —

Accomack County has issued a notice of intent to terminate for default the contract to construct the Eastern Shore Regional Library.

In a Jan. 29 letter to the president of R.H.Contracting, Inc., Accomack County Administrator Mike Mason noted the project’s final completion date was to be Jan. 28, after an extension agreed to by the parties last summer.

“RHC did not complete the project on or before January 28, 2022, nor is the project anywhere near complete,” the letter states.

The letter notified the contractor that the county “intends to terminate the construction contract for substantial breach” seven days after the letter is received.

“Legally, we have not terminated and discussions are currently taking place between multiple parties including the County, legal counsel, contractor and Surety,” Mason said in an email to the Post Tuesday.

In a letter, attached to the notice, from architectural firm Waller Todd & Sadler to Accomack’s deputy director of public works, Nicole C. Davilli of the firm said she is not aware of any conditions or events that would necessitate an extension to the contract.

“I last visited the site on January 26, 2022 and my observations confirm that the project could not be completed by the agreed upon January 28, 2022 final completion date,” Davilli wrote.

Additionally, she said no one was working at the job site at the time of her visit and there was a padlock and chain on the gate.

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