Two building project lawsuits settled
A pair of civil suits in Carbon County Court over Summit Hill's building project appears to have been settled without a trial.
Records indicate that settlement was reached in the two cases - Hoch Mechanical Inc. of Allentown vs. Summit Hill Borough and Borough of Summit Hill vs. Western Surety Company and Hoch Mechanical Inc.
No details of the settlement were attached to documents in the office of the Carbon County Prothonotary. The parties have until Feb. 4 to work out the details. In an out-of-court settlement, sometimes the terms aren't disclosed.
Hoch Mechanical filed suit against the borough on Oct. 18, 2010, alleging it wasn't paid for work that was done.
The borough counter-sued on Nov. 3, 2010, alleging work done by Hoch Mechanical wasn't done properly.
Summit Hill Borough Council hired the law firm of Domenic P. Sbrocchi of Bethlehem to represent it in the suit.
Groundbreaking for the $3.5 million project occurred on March 6, 2008. The project consisted of the construction of a new borough hall with an attached police station, fire station, and community center.
Hoch Mechanical had the contract for heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
After the project was completed, the council complained that the ventilation in the fire station wasn't done properly and the air conditioning wasn't working.
Although the borough hall was occupied in July 2008, it wasn't until late January 2010 that the fire station was finally occupied because of construction problems, including the ventilation and air conditioning systems. It was dedicated July 24, 2010. Even by then, air conditioning and ventilation problems hadn't been resolved.