The Ventura County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to decide today whether to award a $1.3-million contract to a Los Angeles construction company to complete the Oak Park Library after the original contractor defaulted.
The building, next to Oak Park High School on Kanan Road, is about 60% complete.
The 10,000-square-foot public library should be completed in three months if the contract with Richard & Richard Construction Co. is approved, said Alec Pringle, director of engineering services for the county.
Pringle said he did not know why the original builder, Los Angeles-based KC Lee, couldn't complete the work on its $2-million contract in July, but such activity is rare for Ventura County government contractors.
"I've been here a little under 10 years and I know of one other default," Pringle said Monday.
The county will not lose any money on the deal, because the insurance company for KC Lee will meet its contractual obligations and pay the county an additional $275,000, he said.