Tuesday, August 16, 2022

County files lawsuit against contractor; register of deeds’ salary set

Describing the work as “not up to par,” New Hanover County commissioners have directed their attorney to file a lawsuit against Clancy and Theys Construction Company for repairs to the W. Allen Cobb Judicial Annex.

New Hanover commissioners are filing suit against Clancy and Theys Construction Company for work on the W. Allen Cobb Judicial Annex building that was deemed “not up to par.”

Following an hourlong closed session Tuesday, Chairman Jonathan Barfield announced the board had directed Wanda Copley, the county attorney, to file a lawsuit against Clancy and Theys for work Barfield said was “not up to par.”

Responding to a request to Copley’s office for more information, a county spokeswoman said she could not elaborate because details remain protected under attorney-client privilege. Carey Disney Ricks, the county’s public affairs manager, said the attorney’s office is in the vetting process and taking the appropriate next steps.

At the start of Tuesday’s regular meeting, Commissioner Jason Thompson pulled for discussion a budget amendment relating to the annex from the board’s consent agenda. Thompson said the board would need to determine how much that project — a contract for repairs totaling just under $4 million — is going to cost now, or whether that amount remains an accurate estimate.

Also resulting from the closed session, commissioners set the annual salary for the register of deeds. Tammy Beasley, who defeated Jennifer MacNeish in last week’s election, will receive an annual salary of $55,370.

Jonathan Spiers can be reached at (910) 772-6313 or jonathan.s@portcitydaily.com.

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