A subcontractor has sued Corpac Construction Co., a general contractor hired last year by the Port of Astoria to rehab a runway at the Astoria Regional Airport, over claims it was stiffed $70,000.
Lawyers for structural and civil engineering firm Harper Houf Peterson Righellis claimed to have provided $129,067 worth of services to Corpac but only been paid $58,403. The company claims Corpac still owes $70,663, along with interest and attorney fees.
The work at the airport was paid for by a Federal Aviation Administration grant received by the Port, which was named as a plaintiff as owner of the project and the conduit for funding from the federal government.
Named as a defendant along with Corpac was the Contractors Bonding & Insurance Co., as the entity responsible for ensuring payment through a surety bond. Harper Houf Peterson Righellis is entitled to payment from either entity under the terms of the surety bond and state law, the firm’s attorney argued.
Corpac already had $50,836 deducted from its $3.8 million contract with the Port for not finishing the airport project within 75 days as agreed. The bid by Corpac was approximately $1 million lower than previous bids the Port had received, meaning the agency has $1.1 million left it plans to use on related airport improvement projects.