DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - After 2 NEWS Investigates found out the company that put on the two-day music festival in September last year failed to pay the City of Dayton more than $61,000 for services provided that weekend, Pam Elliot requested a list of companies that also owe the city.
The list includes 38 companies that owe at least $1,000 dollars and are more than 90 days past due in debt. Among them is Charles F. Jergens Construction which says it's still doing business with the city.
The construction company worked on the demolition of the Stewart Street bridge five years ago and hit a pipe. Originally the city billed the company $30,259.95.
Denny McCreight who is with the company told 2 NEWS Investigates,"We turned this over to our insurance company, paid them in excess of $10,000 for the damage done to the pipe."
Then the bills started coming monthly for $20,056.37. The account is considered "in dispute." McCreight
explained the company's position, "The water issue, the lost water issue was in contention. Our insurance company made an offer to pay a fair settlement, then never heard anymore from the City of Dayton, to this day."
LaShea Smith is Dayton's finance director. 2 NEWS Investigates spoke with her before sitting down with McCreight. "It could be months, it could be weeks, it depends. After a period of time we will make a determination if we should write off the debt or not," said Smith.
Smith told 2 NEWS Investigates the amount of debt yet to be collected, in all, represents about one-tenth of a percent of the city's total revenue. The total listed is $236,287.67 with the University of Dayton marked as paying in the current month.
"To say we only have this amount of money sitting out there uncollected is probably most businessmen's dreams," said Smith.
McCreight told 2 NEWS Investigates while Charles F Jergens' debt remains in dispute the construction company continues to do business with the City of Dayton.
"I think we are responsible one in who we do business with and we are again every appropriately aggressive in collecting debt," said Smith.
The only company listed as being turned over to an outside collection agency is Downtown Revival LLC.
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