Workers file liens against Meadows
For Brian Groves, taking on a masonry project at Glenwood Meadows during its construction meant nearly going out of business. Groves, owner of Grand Junction-based Groves Masonry, said Meadows contractor W.E. O’Neil runs a sloppy worksite and owes him $75,000 for his company’s work at the new Glenwood shopping destination. “I hate it,” Groves said of Meadows. “I’m on my last legs, trying to recover from some of the damage done.”Groves also accused the company of bullying subcontractors, never paying for change order work, having no on-site supervision of subcontractors and substandard quality control, claims also made by other subcontractors who spoke on condition of anonymity.He called the contractor’s jobsite a “free-for-all.”
Groves isn’t alone. Englewood-based Eastco Interiors Inc. and Air Maintenance Co. of New Castle have filed liens against Meadows developer and owner Miller Weingarten Realty -whose contractor is W.E. O’Neil – for failing to pay its bills. Two of the liens filed in the Garfield County Clerk’s office state that Miller Weingarten owes Eastco Interiors a total of $44,747 for labor and materials provided for interior work at Petco. Miller Weingarten owes Air Maintenance Co. a total of $23,402, according to two liens filed by company president Raymond P. Payne. Payne said Friday his work for W.E. O’Neil on the ductwork for Petco and Bed Bath and Beyond has never been paid in full, whereas his company was paid for its work at Gart Sports, now renamed Sports Authority, and Chili’s, which were built under a different general contractor.”I’ve paid all my suppliers,” Payne said. “I don’t owe any money.” He said his lawyer recommended filing the lien against Miller Weingarten because the developer is responsible for paying the general contractor, who must pay Air Maintenance for its work.
“If the owner’s not paying them (W.E. O’Neil), then I’ve got an issue with them,” Payne said. Neither Eastco President Steve Bilger nor W.E. O’Neil spokesman Matt Hoster returned phone calls seeking comment. Groves said he filed a lien in Garfield County for the money he says W.E. O’Neil owes him, but the lien had not yet been filed in the County Clerk’s office Thursday. Miller Weingarten Vice President Gregory A. Moran said he cannot comment on the liens on behalf of the contractor. Moran added that Miller Weingarten is financially responsible to its contractor, but if W.E. O’Neil isn’t paying its bills, that’s W.E. O’Neil’s problem.”Obviously, because of our large investment in the property, we want to make sure this (Glenwood Meadows) is everything we expected it to be and everything the community expected it to be,” Moran said. Glenwood Springs City Engineer Mike McDill said he couldn’t comment about relations between W.E. O’Neil and its subcontractors, but he said the quality of the construction work on the Meadows project has been top-notch.
“I’m really impressed with the level of quality control that Miller Weingarten has required of its contractors,” McDill said. “Miller Weingarten is going to be owning and managing that whole development when they get done building it, and they have an interest in making sure everything’s done right the first time.”He said the city isn’t interested in how Miller Weingarten’s contractor deals with its subcontractors because Meadows is a private development. “If this were a city project, we’d really be wanting to know that stuff,” he said. Contact Bobby Magill: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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