April 23, 2018

A company that was hired to install more than a mile of large-diameter pipe to transport water from two new wells on the west side of town claims Carroll city leaders underpaid for the work, according to a lawsuit filed this month.

Drake Construction, of Menlo, was hired in early 2015 to lay the 16-inch-diameter plastic pipe at the cost of about $753,000.

Its contract with the city stipulated that the work was to be complete by that November, but records show the new wells did not come online until two years later.

City records from November 2017 show that the total cost of the project swelled — because of city-requested changes — to about $793,000, but that the city withheld about $40,000 of that because the project hadn’t been completed.

City Manager Mike Pogge-Weaver declined to comment on the project because of the pending lawsuit.

Drake Construction referred questions to its Des Moines attorney, who did not respond to a request to comment for this article.

Drake’s lawsuit asks for an unspecified amount of money. The city has not yet filed a response to it in district court.

The new wells boosted Carroll’s municipal water capacity by about 40 percent. Sargent Drilling, of Nebraska, was hired to drill the wells at a cost of about $1.2 million.