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Midcoast School of Technology settles lawsuit

By Stephen Betts | Nov 25, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts The Midcoast School of Technology in Rockland.

Rockland — The Mid-Coast School of Technology has settled a lawsuit brought by an electrical contractor that placed a lien on the school property.

The Region 8 Cooperative Board, which oversees the technology school in Rockland, voted Nov. 18 to approve a three-way settlement between the Mid-Coast School of Technology, ELCO Electric of Bangor and Sheridan Corporation.

The settlement has the school paying $25,000 to ELCO. The school will also pay $13,650 to Sheridan once the general contractor install thresholds for three overhead doors.

Sheridan has agreed to pay the subcontractor ELCO $71,450.

The general contractor and electrical subcontractor have also agreed to deliver documents including drawings.

ELCO filed a lawsuit Jan. 13 in the Knox County court, claiming it was owed more than $150,000 for work during construction of the school.

ELCO filed the lien against the school in the Knox County Registry of Deeds in October 2019. ELCO named general contractor Sheridan Corporation as a defendant in the lawsuit.

The company claimed it recommended a less expensive yet superior lighting system than the lighting system included in the specifications.

The school required ELCO to install the more expensive system, according to the lawsuit, but did not pay the company the $63,000 difference in costs.

In addition, ELCO's lawsuit alleges the school observed the lighting system was not performing as expected and has requested ELCO repair the system. ELCO maintained it informed the school and its representatives that these problems were to be expected with the lighting system it demanded.

The $25 million school opened in September 2019.

The school serves communities from Islesboro to Newcastle.

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