Supervisor Bill Campbell absent, means work will begin around Nov. 11
and, once begun, will take no more than 400 days to complete. Workers
and their equipment should make the move to the new facility shortly
after it's completed near the end of 2004.
"Every airport needs to have an airfield rescue and firefighting
station and we do, but the one we have is becoming somewhat out of
date," John Wayne Airport spokesman Justin McCusker said. "We need to
make sure we live up to all FAA requirements."
Hensel Phelps Construction Co. landed the contract to finish the
job started by JM. Contracting.
"JM Contracting has abandoned the project and has breached its
contract with the county by, among things, failing to pay its
subcontractors, failing to maintain required insurance, having its
contractor's license suspended by the California Contactors License
Board, failing to perform the work required by the contract, failing
to perform the work in a skillful and workmanlike manner, failing to
promptly replace rejected material and correct rejected workmanship
and failing to diligently prosecute the work," staff members wrote in
their report to supervisors.
First National Insurance Company of America is the company that
bonded JM Contracting, but staff members reported First National did
not fulfill its obligation to complete the work. The county has begun
litigation against the bonding company to recover losses of up to $7