The Oxnard City Council has delayed approving an $82,000 contract with a Los Angeles firm to inspect construction of the Colonia Gymnasium.
Council members made the decision at a meeting this week, after a retired Oxnard contractor questioned whether the firm was partly responsible for $277,810 in cost overruns at the new Oxnard library.
The contractor, Curt Davison, claimed that the Smith-Emery Co. was one of a number of consultants that failed to catch mistakes in the contract specifications for the library. Smith-Emery had a contract to inspect materials for the new library similar to the contract it is seeking for the gymnasium.
The main library contract was won by the J.R. Roberts Corp. with a low bid of $10.2 million, while other bids ranged as high as $11.9 million.