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UPDATE: Contractors Working on Griggs County Courthouse Pack up

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Last October, the entire Griggs county commission was voted out of office after moving forward with plans for a new courthouse, despite voters saying no. A new commission was chosen and courthouse construction moved forward.

It has been a startling Friday in Griggs County, construction workers walked off the job leaving the newly constructed courthouse 95% complete.  The sub-contractors are saying they are not being paid.

"We started the project in July and basically at this point were 95 percent complete and we haven't been getting paid but were now 4 payments behind," say
Agassiz Mechanical sub-contractor Alan Olson. 

The Griggs county commissioners say they though the general contractor was paid, which is leaving the commissioners puzzled why the contractor and sub-contractors walked off the job.

"This is the first I am hearing that the subcontractors haven't been paid. As far as I know the general contractor is paid up through April," say Griggs county commissioner chairman Troy Olson. 

Olson says the general contractor called him and said to pack up on Friday morning. Olson said it can be common when it comes to building government buildings to not get paid for two payments but never four.

"They just got to get their funding figured out and eventually we will get paid," say Olson. 
Valley News Live attempted to reach out to the general contractor "Construction Engineers" which is located in Grand Forks to clarify if they have been paid or not.

Olson says once he gets paid, he will finish his part of the project. The new courthouse was scheduled to be done by early May.

Original Story

Drama in Cooperstown, North Dakota, over the Griggs County Courthouse is heating up again. Contractors helping build a new courthouse are packing up their things after months of not getting paid for their work.

In an historic vote in October of 2013, Griggs County residents voted its entire, five-member, County Commission out of office in a recall election after it went ahead with plans for a new courthouse, despite voters saying no. A new commission was chosen and construction of the new Griggs County Courthouse still moved forward.

Al Olson with Agassiz Mechanical called Valley News Live on Friday to say his crew is packing up their things ahead of a commission meeting set to happen at 1:00 p.m. He says his company has not been paid for their work on the courthouse since December of 2013.  Olson says the final decision to pull workers from the site came from the project's general contractor, Construction Engineers.

Valley News Team's Ashley Bishop is in Cooperstown today and will be attending that commission meeting. Check back with Valley News Live for more on this developing story.
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