MOULTRIE -- Courthouse renovation architects are threatening to sue the county for breach of contract and unpaid services if they don't get the money they think they're owed.

County Attorney Bill McCalley said Tuesday that the county is still determining its position, but under the terms of the contract the county already has fully paid Moultrie architects Camila McLean and David Hill. He declined to go into detail at this time.

Last week under McCalley's advice, the county voted not to pay the architect's bill of $31,313.30, which the architects say is for services rendered for the county's portion of work done on the courthouse rehabilitation, Colquitt County Commission Chairman Max Hancock said.

In 1998, with the courthouse renovation running over-budget, the county commission voted to shoulder some of the labor and material expenses to absorb more than a half million dollars of costs. Now the architects say they are owed 10 percent of those expenditures (minus $4,310.27 previously paid based on expenditures for materials) as their fee, according to December 2001 correspondence from the architects to Marion Hay, the former county administrator.

This is an additional bill, McCalley said.

Hill and attorney Larkin Fowler Jr. had no comment on the matter.



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