Faced with continuing delays in the completion of the REC Center due to issues with improperly installed wall panels, and the inability to this point to reach a settlement with the contractors and manufacturer involved, Marinette is ready to move on with rebidding that portion of the project and seeking legal remedies unless a settlement can be reached shortly. Following discussion by the Common Council in closed session for over an hour, Mayor Steve Genisot read a statement saying proposed plans to remediate these issues were studied over the last three months and yesterday were termed unsatisfactory.
The mayor asked for a motion from the council to allow him to enter into an agreement with the architect to prepare new bid specifications to remove and replace the wall panels assuming no settlement is reached shortly with the parties involved, and to also retain a structural engineer to assist with that process. The motion was unanimously passed by the 7 council members present at the meeting.
Earlier in the meeting, the council voted to have all wards vote in the August Primary election at the UW- Marinette Field House due to the possible unavailability of the REC center by the time of the election.