Despite concerns, renovation contract OK'd
Hagerstown City Council members approved a renovation contract Tuesday for a firm about which Councilwoman Susan Saum-Wicklein had expressed concerns.
The council voted 4-0 to approve a contract with low bidder Morin-Rocco Contractors Inc., of 49 Summit Ave.
The firm bid $94,947 to rehabilitate 125 and 127 N. Locust St. for the city's homeownership program.
Through the program, the city buys, renovates and sells houses to low-income people to improve the city's homeownership rate.
Saum-Wicklein was absent when the vote was taken, but arrived later during the council meeting.
Council members did not comment on the issue before voting.
Two weeks earlier, Saum-Wicklein asked staff to review the quality of Morin-Rocco's work.
Saum-Wicklein's real estate partnership has a $17,536 judgment against MRI Construction Inc., which is owned by the same people as Morin-Rocco.