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Construction firm sues city for payment

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This article was published 4/4/2018 (731 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

A construction firm being sued for failing to pay a sub-contractor for work on the south-end sewage treatment plant has turned around and sued Winnipeg city hall for failing to pay it for work on the project.

PCL Constructors Canada Inc. filed a suit recently, alleging the City of Winnipeg has failed to pay it for site-preparation work it did at the plant located at 100 Ed Spencer Drive, just south of the Perimeter Highway.

According to documents filed in court, PCL claims it did the work between September 2014 and February 2016 -- and city hall still owes it $6.85 million.

The allegations have not been proven in court. A statement of defence has not been filed.

PCL was awarded a $22.64-million contract in September 2014 for site-preparation work.

In a separate lawsuit, Preset Piling Ltd. is suing PCL for about $5.8 million for additional work that firm did through a sub-contract with PCL.

Preset Piling also named the City of Winnipeg in its suit, filing a lien on the treatment plant property and requesting city hall to withhold the $5.8 million from any funds it owes PCL.

In its legal action, PCL states it has also placed a lien on the sewage treatment plant property for $6.85 million.

An administrative report to city council’s finance committee in February states the $335.6-million upgrade to the south-end sewage plant is about 50 per cent complete, and scheduled for completion before Dec. 31, 2021.

The project involves expanding the capacity of the plant for expected 2031 flows and upgrade the processes to meet new effluent limits for nitrogen and phosphorous.

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

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