Johnson County's Commissioners, at their meeting Tuesday, released $400,000 in a retainage account at the request of Groathouse Construction, who built the recently-completed Judicial Center for the county.
Groathouse representative John Griffith and GSG Architecture's Tim Schenk spoke to the commissioners and asked them to release not only the retainage funds but the final payment of $210,000 to Groathouse, as the project is essentially done, with only minor punch-list items that need to be completed.
The commissioners discussed holding all funds until the punch list items are completed, but Griffith requested the retainage be released as that money will be used to pay the sub-contractors on the project, many of whom completed their projects last spring. He said those contractors' payments should not be held up when their work has been completed.
The commissioners agreed with the request.
Griffith, Schenk, and county officials will be touring the building this week to inspect the punch list projects and determine when they can be completed.
The $210,000 final payment to Groathouse will be made when both sides are in agreement on the status of the punch-list projects.