According to Lawler, having the Delaney Group out of the project will not affect the timeline.
"It won't have any meaningful impact on the project," he said. "We're very confident that we'll be able to find an alternate contractor to do the work."
Whether another contractor already working on the waterline will be enlisted or the work will go out to bid has yet to be determined.
The status of the contract between the SCWA and Delaney will have to be decided in court. The plaintiff asserts that the contract requires payment by the water authority within 30 days of submission, otherwise the contractor can terminate the agreement. They will also be seeking interest on the late payment.
Both a Delaney Group representative and Laurence Fox, attorney for Delaney, declined to comment on the nature and status of the case.
The water authority is still aiming to turn on the tap in fall 2009.""