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Library builder goes to court

Pilot Construction, the city's contractor for the much-maligned new library project, filed a lawsuit against the city Thursday. Among other charges, the suit alleges the city breached its contract, has not paid for services and is trying to fire Pilot without just cause. The suit says the city owes Pilot more than $100,000.

Two weeks ago, a divided City Commission voted to start the process to fire Pilot. According to the contract, the contractor has to be given two seven-day notices. Commissioners voted last week to proceed with the second notice.

Pilot president Abdi Boozar-Jomehri has maintained that his company has followed directions and that the building is near completion. Representatives of Educated Design, the city's architect, and city officials consistently have been disappointed with Pilot's work. The $1.2-million project had been plagued with problems like a leaking roof and windows, wet walls and a poor exterior paint job.

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