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Turner wants city to pay $6 million owed for courthouse work
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Duval County Courthouse is finished and some would describe it as is a masterpiece. Leo Jacobson's company, Dixie Contract, did the flooring in the new courthouse  and he's happy with the job, but there's a problem.

"We're caught in the middle," said Jacobson.

He is one of thirty local subcontractor waiting to be paid in full.

"It certainly would be nice to have the money," he said.

Jacobson said his company is owed about $125,000 for work already done, so why hasn't his company been paid?

"Unfortunately the way contracts are structured," said Jacobson."We can't get paid until Turner gets paid."

Turner Construction is the general contractor and as far as the City of Jacksonville is concerned, the job is not finished.

This past Sunday the city issued its third Temporary Certificate of Occupancy; the city says there are still problems in the courthouse that Turner must address.

Mayor Alvin Brown and his staff are not discussing the issues, First Coast News spoke with City Council President Bill Bishop.

"This dispute is no different than happens on quite a number of jobs," said Bishop," A contractor says I'm done and the owner says there are still a number of things."

In a statment, Turner Construction said the issues are not related to the work it has done, and is asking the city for six million dollars owed for work which was done last Summer.

"That letter is a lot of noise," said Bishop. "It is posture, by contract Turner is suppose to pay his subcontractors."

Among the current issues of disagreement:

1) The door opening forces, which has to do with being ADA compliant

2) Revised construction on the 6th floor

3) The guard shack floor threshold 

"If they can't come to an agreement it is going to end up in the legal system," said Bishop.

In the meantime, the local subcontractors wait for the city and Turner to resolve the outstanding issues.

"We're stuck because they can't come to an understanding of some kind of issue," said Jacobson.  

 

The Temporary Certificate of Occupancy expires May 7th. Turner's Vice President Dan Reaves said the six million is for work that is unrelated to the additional work listed in the temporary certificate of occupancy.

The city in the meantime has paid a law firm $37,000 to review the contract with Turner and the work that has already been finished. 

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