Sep 23, 2010 5:47 PM by Greg Boyce

County admits mishandling of Ice House clean up

A look into the clean up of a burned down warehouse in Pueblo shows the county's attorney mishandled a contract worth millions of dollars.

The old Ice House at 6th and Elizabeth burned in October 2007.  Pueblo County paid about $6.6 million to clean up the site--which is planned for a new judicial complex.  The county says it was grossly overcharged for the clean up.

County Attorney Dan Kogovsek signed the contract without a vote of the county commissioners and later admitted he didn't do a good job of representing the county's needs.

"You depend on your folks to do that, that's what their expertise is about so do I think we could have done things better," said Commissioner Jeff Chostner. " I think we all wish in hindsight, we could have done things better."

Chostner is running for reelection.  His opponent, Republican Jerry Martin told News First, "What action has been taken up to this point? None. The buck has actually stopped at the foot of the taxpayers, no one else has been held accountable."

The County is in arbitration with Qualiclean, trying to get several million dollars back.  A decision is expected within the next few weeks.



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