Parker questions contractor’s paint job at Chester Hynes

Paint contractor Keith Ross will tour the Chester Hynes Community Center with city officials and members of the parks and recreation commission’s personnel committee at 10 a.m. Tuesday in an effort to end a continuing conflict concerning recently-completed work by Ross at the facility.

The Tuesday meeting was scheduled during a Friday afternoon committee gathering.

Meanwhile, Parks and Recreation Department Director Angela Parker said Ross, who has turned in change orders with which he’s requesting additional compensation, cannot be paid more than an adjusted $20,000 fee to which he had already agreed.

Parker said she was told of the limitation by state labor officials. But Community Development Department Public Works Coordinator Larry Matthews disagreed, saying Ross is eligible for more monies.

Parker said she had put together a lengthy “walk-through” list of unfinished and/or improperly done painting tasks and began reading through them individually for Ross’ responses. She denied being “knit-picky” in her findings, and Ross told her he had done some work “beyond the scope of my request.”

Ross said he wasn’t fully prepared for Parker’s questioning because he had not in a timely manner received related written communications from her.

“I want us all to be in agreement by the end of the day,” Ross said in stressing his willingness to “make certain all my customers are pleased.”

“I want us to reach a happy median,” said Ross. “It’s time for all of us to move on.”

Matthews echoed that sentiment.

Parker countered by saying Ross was said to be a professional contractor, the department paid for professional work and Ross should be held accountable. Parker’s list included 100 findings in which she employed assorted descriptions, including “terrible,” “crappy” and “horrible,” and charged that much of the applied paint was so thin that it’s already flaking away. The work was performed over the past several months.

“We’re going about this all wrong,” said Matthews. “Keith’s agreeing to do right. He hasn’t been there (Hynes) with a punch list.”

“I just want it to be done correctly,” said Parker. “I don’t want taxpayers to have to pay to have it redone so soon. I know it’s an older building and it’s not in perfect condition, but it ought to be painted well enough that it’ll look nice for a while.”

In other business, the committee had a 25-minute executive session in which it decided that U.S. Grant, a part-time contract employee who oversees competitive softball activities, should have a written job description. Parker said she would try to have the item completed by Monday. Commissioner Kami Hunt said the action followed complaints about softball offerings and a lack of basketball.