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YMCA contractors disciplined by state

The contractor and one of the subcontractors who built the new YMCA in Caroline County have been disciplined by the state’s licensing board for violating state construction regulations.

Arlington-based Thurston Companies, the contractor hired by the YMCA, was cited for two violations: contracting with an unlicensed or improperly licensed contractor or subcontractor; and misconduct in the practice of contracting, according to a report by the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation.

The two violations resulted in penalties including $3,350 in fines and a six-month license revocation and remedial education.

Thurston hired Spotsylvania-based Battlefield Masonry LLC, a subcontractor that was not properly licensed to perform the work on the project, according to the report.

In a separate report from the agency, Battlefield was cited for two violations: practicing in a classification, specialty service or class of license for which the contractor is not licensed, and negligence and/or incompetence in the practice of contracting.

The penalties for the two violations are $4,000 in fines and a revocation of its license according to the report.

Thomas Quinn, the owner of Battlefield, admitted that the company did things that were wrong and they are paying for it.

The 80-year-old said his company’s license was taken away and they can no longer operate in Virginia.

He didn’t have plans to take his company elsewhere, though. He said he’s “tired” after being in construction for more than 50 years and masonry for more than 60 years.

When looking at the report about his company, he had issues with some of the problems listed and disagreed with them.

Caroline County Building Official Kevin Wightman, who filed the complaint with the state’s Board for Contractors, said while the Y was being built, some walls had to be redone three times before they passed inspection.

The YMCA hired Thurston, but was not involved with the subcontractors.

Rappahannock YMCA CEO Barney Reiley said it was an unfortunate situation.

“We think Mr. Thurston is a very credible individual and contractor,” Reiley said.

“He got caught up in a jam with a subcontractor that did not step up to the plate. Mr. Thurston released the contract and incurred the expenses to make it right.”

The Y opened later than expected because of these issues and inclement weather. It opened in April.

Reiley said there are no structural issues with the building because of the violation. But there are other smaller issues that he said were normal for new construction.

A representative from Thurston did not return calls seeking comment.

Robyn Sidersky 540/374-5413

rsidersky@freelancestar.com

 

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