YMCA CEO issues statement about contract dispute regarding Fitness Center work

By Jayson Jacoby, The Baker City Herald

Heidi Dalton, CEO of the Baker County YMCA, issued a written statement at noon today regarding a dispute between the YMCA and Gyllenberg Construction Inc. of Baker City over the remodeling of the former Wilson's Market, now the YMCA's Fitness Center on Pocahontas Road.

Dalton's statement reads: "The Baker County YMCA is currently in legal negotiations with Gyllenberg Construction, Inc. regarding our property at 3715 Pocahontas Road in Baker City, Oregon. Both the Baker County YMCA and Gyllenberg Construction, Inc. are taking the necessary legal steps to ensure that the financial and construction management responsibilities for cost overruns on the project are enforced as agreed upon in the contract. The liens that have been filed on the property are a direct result of the dispute regarding the cost overruns and will be resolved through the legal process. The Baker County YMCA will make no further comments regarding this matter until the legal proceedings are complete."

According to a claim of construction lien signed by Brent Gyllenberg on Nov. 4, 2013, the company claims the YMCA owes Gyllenberg Construction $385,262.70.

The total cost of the contract was $1,338,888.76, of which the company received $753,386.06 in credits, payments and offsets, according to the document.

A subcontractor, Powder River Electric Inc. of Baker City, filed a separate claim of construction lien on Nov. 12, 2013, seeking $31,450.08.

The YMCA remodeled the former grocery store last year. The Fitness Center opened in September 2013.

The YMCA bought the building in 2012.

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