Thursday, December 8th, 2011
By: Eric Nicholson- Texarkana Gazette
December 1, 2011
MURFREESBORO, Ark- The Pike County Quorum Court voted unanimously Monday night to hire Texarkana attorney Chad Trammell for a possible lawsuit against the builder of the county jail.
Sheriff Preston “Pep” Glenn has briefed the Quorum Court several times in recent months about ongoing problems at the 2-year-old, $3.2 million Pike County Detention center he attributes to shoddy work by general contractor Wade Abernathy, Inc.
Wade Abernathy Jr., the company’s owner, has said that most of the problems Glenn has identified are caused by misuse or are purely aesthetic. Others were fixed at the company’s own cost, Abernathy said.
After touring the jail Friday and Monday, Trammell said that it appeared that some of the jail’s problems could stem from poor workmanship.
Trammell said that his firm and Gravely & Pearson Law Firm of San Antonio, Texas, will have experts look at the problems to determine the extent and an appropriate level of compensation, if any.
The work will be done on a contingency basis, and there ill be no cost to Pike County.
“Southwest Arkansas counties are on tight budgets when they do something-to go out and build a new facility like this they need to know they get, what they paid for. At the end of the day, that’s county taxpayer money,” Trammell said.