UPDATE: County Attorney Denise Nieman said on Monday, Jan. 9, that Oldcastle has dismissed the case.
A firm has sued Palm Beach County for $109,854 it says the county failed to pay for concrete pavers for the new Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
Audrey Wolf, the county’s director of facilities development, told staffers and commissioners late Tuesday afternoon that the county sent a check for $105,219.37 on Dec. 20 and the various entities are trying to resolve the difference.
Oldcastle Coastal, based in Tampa, filed the suit filed Dec. 20 in Palm Beach County Circuit Court.
The suit says the county agreed to a purchase order April 5 for materials that include concrete block, mortar and sealer. It says the county received the supplies between June 21 and Oct. 21 but did not pay the full bill. It says the total claimed includes an 18-percent a year finance charge for late payment.
“I believe we’ll work it out amicably with the county,” Dave Toolan, an attorney for Oldcastle, said Tuesday from Atlanta. “We’ve done business with the county for a long time and always been able to work out issues.”
County Attorney Denise Nieman Tuesday repeated her policy of not commenting on active suits. New York-based spokespersons for Orlando-based Hunt Construction Group, the primary contractor, also did not return calls.
The $148 million future spring training site of the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals is scheduled to open Feb. 28.
Construction began in November on the 160-acre plot south of 45th Street, which will house a stadium, 12 major and minor league practice fields, public soccer fields and a park. A steel superstructure above the 7,500-seat ballpark will allow 360-degree views of the action.