NEW CUMBERLAND – A school board
is suing six defendants over allegedly unsatisfactory work on a new school construction project that cost $6.85 million.
The Board of Education of the County of
Hancock filed the suit May 23 in Hancock Circuit Court against James
F. Baller Sr., Romig Roofing Company, Colaianni Construction Inc.,
Ohio Farmer Insurance Company, McKinley & Associates Inc., and
ASC Profiles Inc., citing breach of contract and negligence.
On April 2, 2003, the board employed
Baller to serve as clerk of the works to oversee construction of a
new middle school, the suit says, alleging that Colaianni Construction was awarded the bid and
began construction on June 1, 2003; it was completed Jan. 7, 2005,
and the last payment was issued in December 2005.
However, on a walk-through of the
building, several deficiencies were spotted, according to the
complaint, and Colainanni was contacted about them and allegedly made
repairs on March 1, 2006.
Still other deficiencies were
discovered, the suit alleges, and further repairs to the roof took
place, totaling nearly $800,000, the suit says. The roof is still not fixed, according
to the complaint.
The board requests damages from Baller;
Romig Roofing, employed by Colaianni as a subcontractor; Colaianni
Construction; Ohio Farmers Insurance Company, which secured the
performance bond for Colaianni; McKinley & Associates, the
architect on the project; and ASC Profiles, the successful bidder for
the manufacture of the metal roofing materials which are allegedly
The plaintiff demands a trial
by jury regarding all equitable claims and for the two petitions for
declaratory relief. It is represented by David F. Cross in Wellsburg.
Hancock Circuit Court Case number