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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

New offer to fix Oak, Tarpon paving

Steve Ayers of paving contractor APAC has made yet another offer to Anna Maria to settle the long-running dispute over his company's performance in paving Oak and Tarpon avenues last year.

The newest offer calls for the city to cough up only an additional $3,000 above the contract price of $33,000. APAC last month had asked for an extra $9,000.

Ayers now says he will replace the first 90 feet of asphalt on Oak Avenue just east of Gulf Drive with two inches of hot mix asphalt for the extra $3,000.

He also wants the city to give Baskerville-Donovan Inc., the city's engineering firm, a check to APAC for 90 percent of the original contract price. BDI would hold the check in escrow until it approves the new work.

The Anna Maria City Commission rejected an offer July 28 by APAC to repair the roads and add another half-inch of ashphalt for an extra $9,000, claiming APAC signed a contract and should honor it.

At that meeting, the commission said APAC should complete the work according to the original contract and repair the unsatisfactory areas as soon as possible at no additional cost to the city.

Commissioners were to discuss the newest APAC offer at their Aug. 12 workshop.