The Town of Leland gave the contractor for their new town hall project an ultimatum: if the building is complete by August 15, the contractor is off the job.
The $9.4 million project is more than seven months past deadline already, and Leland is losing an estimated $7,000 a month in rent and utility fees.
During closed session on Thursday night, town council decided on a settlement agreement with the contractor with a deadline of August 15.
Paragon Builders of Wilmington was initially contracted to build the facility for approximately $360,000 with a deadline of January 1.
According to Town Manager David Hollis, Leland will only pay $230,000 total because the work is "inferior and behind schedule."
Paragon has only been paid $180,000 to date.
Hollis says if they don't finish the remainder of the work in its entirety by August 15, then they are off the job and will not receive the final $50,000 of the contract.
Town leaders hope to start moving offices in to the new facility by that date. If the work is not completed, they will look for a different contractor.
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