Contractor: "Non-Transparent Actions In Tubman Project"

9:32 PM, Jun 13, 2013   |    comments
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The President of Harmon Construction in Macon said he wants the community to know that management at the Tubman Museum and its current board have not been transparent with public funds.

Paul Harmon told 13WMAZ Thursday that his company originally partnered with Piedmont Construction to form Harmon-Piedmont, LLC in 2001 and constructed the first phases of the building that sits empty and unfinished.    

Harmon said now that $2.5 million in SPLOST funds will be used to  finish the long awaited museum his construction company has been removed from the project.

"Piedmont Construction has now been selected and it is no longer a joint venture and Piedmont will not talk to us," Harmon said in a news conference.

Harmon made a presentation as late as March 18, 2013 to the Tubman's Building Committee.

"It was our understanding after conversations with past and some current board members that upon funds being received the initial construction team would continue," Harmon said. 

However, in a copy of a letter that Harmon provided, dated May 17, 2013, Andy Ambrose, Executive Director of the Tubman, said, "We have decided to go with a different construction team during this phase of the project."       

Ambrose did encourage Harmon to bid on jobs that may be sub-contracted during the completion of the interior construction and build-out phase. 

Also, Ambrose noted in his correspondence to Harmon that the Georgia Secretary of State's office confirmed, Harmon-Piedmont Construction, LLC is no longer in operation and was dissolved on May 16, 2008.

When asked what he would like to see happen, Harmon said, "Open the process, issue an RFP, and choose the best bid." 



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