Engineering firm sues Gateway developer for failure to pay for $400K of work

first_imgMission Gateway developer Tom Valenti presenting his new plan to the city in November. Photo courtesy Bill Nichols.Steve Vockrodt over at the Pitch earlier today reported that Henderson Engineers has filed a lawsuit against Mission Gateway developer Tom Valenti seeking restitution for more than $400,000 worth of services performed on the still-undeveloped land.Over the past two months, two other contractors on the project, Coreslab Structures, and Slaggie Architects, have filed liens against Valenti for unpaid work on the Gateway totaling just under $2 million.These legal actions come amid a difficult stretch for Valenti with the Mission City Council, which took the first step toward imposing a $600,000 per year assessment on the property intended to help Mission recoup the $12 million it spent on stormwater improvements to ready the site for development. In early November, Valenti appeared before the council to pitch a vastly reworked proposal for the site, which stripped away almost all of the previously announced tenants and expanded the proposed Walmart to nearly 180,000 square feet.The lawsuit is embedded below:https://dfv6pkw99pxmo.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/250871232-Henderson-Engineers-v-Mission-Gateway-Developers-and-Tom-Valenti.pdflast_img read more

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Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

first_imgSenior Akshay Dinakar hosted the seventh annual Poetry Slam when he was a SM East student.Prairie Village’s Akshay Dinakar in 2016 National Youth Orchestra. Akshay Dinakar is one of three Kansas students who have been selected for the 2016 National Youth Orchestra of the United States. Dinakar plays the violin. Created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, the program recognizes the finest musicians from across the country ages 16-19. The 109 members of the orchestra were announced by Carnegie Hall. The selection followed a competitive audition process. The orchestra will tour in Europe this summer following performances in New York. Akshay is a SM East graduate.Shots fired at Leawood police by bank robbery suspects. A police chase that ended with a crash in south Kansas City started with a bank robbery at the First National Bank in Stilwell. The Kansas Highway Patrol began chasing the suspects near 151st Street and U.S. 169. The chase entered into Leawood and shots were fired at Leawood police joining the pursuit. One marked patrol car was hit near 119th Street and Mission Road. Three suspects were taken into custody. [FBI: 3 captured after chase involving bank robbers ends in crash – KCTV5]KNEA expects schools to stay open. The Kansas National Education Association told school districts that it expects Kansas schools will open in the fall. Citing the deep impact of closing – a view also articulated by Shawnee Mission Superintendent Jim Hinson – KNEA officials said “even the most extreme ideologues would realize the harm” that would be inflicted. A court decision finding the current block grant financing unconstitutional left the prospect that schools could not open unless the deficiency is addressed by the legislature. [Kansas National Education Association responds to talk of schools closing – The Kansas City Star]Morrison on NLC committees. Prairie Village Councilor David Morrison, who is attending the National League of Cities Congressional Conference, serves on the NLC Small Cities Steering Committee and the NLC Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations Committee. He also was invited to a White House NLC briefing during gate conference.Shot fired in Merriam during fight. Merriam police responded to a physical fight between four or five people in the 7300 block of Brittany. During the fight , one shot was fired from a handgun. Two or three of the subjects fled the scene on foot or in a car. The incident occurred late Wednesday evening. No injuries were reported. Detectives were still on the scene at 11 p.m.Northeast Johnson County morning roundup is brought to you by Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop on Johnson Drive. For updates on the latest blends and specialty drinks available, follow them on Facebook.last_img read more

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UM moot court team advances

first_imgUM moot court team advances U M moot court team advances The University of Miami School of Law’s Charles Papy, Jr., Moot Court team advanced to the finals of the ABA Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition. Only 24 teams out of the 187 that entered the competition made it to the final round, which will be held in April in Chicago.UM was represented by students Annabelle Nahra, who won the Best Oralist Award, Douglas Stamm, and Betsy Havens. In addition to advancing to the finals, the team was recognized with a third place Best Brief Award and a sixth place Best Oralist Award in the Regional Competition.“This is one of the country’s most prestigious appellate competitions,” said Adjunct Professor Harvey Sepler, who coaches the team. “We are thrilled.”The team also recently competed in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition — one of the premier environmental law competitions in the country — and made it past the quarterfinal rounds, where they were the only law school in Florida and one of nine teams remaining. During the competition, third-year law student Daniel Poterek was also named the Best Oral Advocate.In addition to Poterek, the team included third-year law students Deana Falce and Megan Sincore. Poterek is the current president of the Papy Moot Court Board, and Falce and Sincore serve as two of the board’s vice presidents. April 1, 2010 Regular Newslast_img read more

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After Hours: Jeff Clarkson

first_imgAfter Hours: Jeff ClarksonKnowing more about the people we work with is the fun side of the business. It helps start conversations and strengthens business relationships. To nominate a colleague, request an After Hours form from Peter Madrid, peter.madrid@azbigmedia.com.Jeff ClarksonVice President of Healthcare McCarthy Building Companies.Born in Norfolk, Neb.Attended Univ. of Nebraska where he studied construction management.With McCarthy for 15 years in its Tempe office.ResponsibilitiesClarkson leads the Healthcare Services Business Unit for McCarthy’s Southwest Region. He has delivered projects totaling more that $840M and nearly 2 MSF.FavoritesSports Teams: Nebraska Cornhuskers, Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos.Activities: Building things (with my hands), woodworking for example; fishing, skiing and spending time with my family.Destinations: On a favorite lake in Minnesota relaxing; any place off the beaten path. I would like to visit Alaska.AccomplishmentsOn a personal level, I’m most proud f my kids. On a professional level, I’m most proud of the award-winning, $121M, 338,000 SF Banner Gateway Medical Center project in Gilbert that my team delivered in a record 20 months.What would people be surprised to know about you?I bake and decorate elaborate birthday cakes for my children’s birthdays. My interest started when I was a Boy Scout at age 10. The business next door to my parents’ (business) was a craft shop. I spotted cake-decorating items in the window. I was determined to make a haunted house cake for a fundraiser.AdviceReceived: From my father: “A job not worth doing right is probably a job not worth doing at all.”To Share: Always do the right thing.AZRE Magazine May/June 2011last_img read more

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Weekly Fishing Report Nov. 13

first_imgBear Canyon Lake near Silver City was stocked Nov. 4 with 1,250 rainbow trout. The fishing has been good. They are releasing a lot of water from El Vado Lake and from Abiquiu Lake into the Chama River. Both locations had streamflows of over 900 cubic-feet-per-second. This is way above normal for this time of year. In addition, they are not releasing any water from Elephant Butte Lake, so it sure looks like they’re taking water from Northern New Mexico to fill up Elephant Butte Lake. The Rio Grande continues to be in prime fall-fishing condition, with flows low and below normal. The water is clear and the fly-fishing has been excellent. It is stocked in the Pilar area and at the John Dunn Bridge north of Taos. The fishing has been slow at Elephant Butte Lake with just a few white bass being caught. The Rio Grande below Elephant Butte Dam was stocked Nov. 5 with 627 rainbow trout. In the Hatch area, the fishing for catfish was reported as good in the Rio Grande. The streamflow in the San Juan River below Navajo Dam was 320 cubic-feet-per-second. The streamflow is scheduled to be increased to 500 cubic-feet-per-second Thursday. The low flow has provided good conditions for dry fly-fishing, which has been very good in both the Quality Water and the Bait Water. There were finally some reports on the kokanee salmon snagging at Eagle Nest lake. It was reported as fair-to-good on the west side of the lake near the dock and at the south end of the lake near the Cieneguilla Day Use area. The fishing for rainbow trout was good using Power Bait. The kokanee salmon snagging at Navajo Lake is still reported as good near the dam. Over in the Questa area, the fishing has been good at Eagle Rock Lake. The fishing in the Red River below Questa has been good. It was stocked Nov. 5 with 700 rainbow trout. Hopewell Lake is starting to freeze as well. Santa Cruz Lake near Chimayo continues to be a good spot to try to catch some fish for dinner. It is heavily-stocked and also has a few wild brown trout. It was stocked Nov.6 with 3,553 rainbow trout. There appears to be a few big trout still left over from an earlier stocking of 20-inch rainbow trout. This lake is at lower elevation and seldom freezes. Maxwell Lake 13, the Charette Lakes and Clayton Lake are closed to protect migrating waterfowl. The fly-fishing for brown trout remains good in the upper portions of the Jemez area streams. The fishing has been good in the Jemez River below Battleship Rock. The Jemez River was stocked Nov. 5 with 998 rainbow trout. The fishing was good at Tingley Beach in Albuquerque. It was stocked Nov. 5 with 2,398 rainbow trout. The Department is now stocking the drainage ditches in the Albuquerque area with rainbow trout. The annual celebration “Festival of the Cranes” will be held Nov. 20-Nov. 23 at the Refuge. The fishing below El Vado is reported as good and the fishing below Abiquiu is reported as fair. Both locations would offer much better fishing if the streamflows are lowered. There have been no reports from either El Vado Lake or Abiquiu Lake. The water level is low at Abiquiu and a four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended to launch boats here. Alto Lake and Grindstone Reservoir near Ruidoso both have had good fishing for rainbow trout. Both are heavily-stocked with trout from the Lisboa Springs Fish Hatchery. Grindstone was stocked Nov. 5 with 1,499 rainbow trout. Alto was stocked Nov. 7 with 1,001 rainbow trout. Both these lakes offer good trout fishing all winter long as they seldom freeze over. There might still be some late-season spawning brown trout activity here. No reports from Storrie Lake near Las Vegas. This lake needs a stocking to improve the fishing here. The fishing is good at Monastery Lake near Pecos. It was stocked Nov. 6 with 264 rainbow trout. The weather has turned sharply colder, especially in Eastern New Mexico. Anglers should be aware that several waters in the northeast are now closed to angling for the winter. A nice road trip or perhaps overnight stay this time of year is a trip to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge south of Socorro. This Refuge attracts large flocks of waterfowl, including thousands of snow geese and sandhill cranes. The best times to see them are early in the morning when the birds takeoff in large numbers to feed in the surrounding fields. The other time is in the evening when the birds return from feeding to spend the night on the Refuge. Fenton Lake in the Jemez Mountains still has good fishing and they are still catching some of the big rainbow trout from earlier stockings. They are also catching some of the recently-stocked Rio Grande cutthroat trout. Anglers need to be aware that only two cutthroat trout may be kept per day as part of the daily trout limit of five fish per day. It was stocked Nov. 6 with 996 rainbow trout. The fishing is still good in the Pecos River between Pecos and Cowles, but the water is getting cold. The Department is now stocking rainbow trout at Villanueva State Park below Interstate 25. It was stocked Nov. 6 with 500 rainbow trout. Birdwatchers will enjoy these locations. Waterfowl are not the only birds that may be viewed. Raptors, including bald eagles, follow these flocks of waterfowl as they migrate south. The fishing is good at the Seven Springs Brood Pond near the Seven Springs Fish Hatchery. The fishing here is for anglers under 12 years old. The reports on the kokanee salmon snagging at Heron Lake have been mixed with some anglers reporting good success and others not so much. It is reported as being fair-to-good near the dam. Fishing with bait like salmon eggs and Power Bait for rainbow trout and maybe a few lake trout can sometimes be good during the snagging season. Some anglers like to remove the eggs from salmon that have been snagged and use that as bait. There were no reports on the fishing in the Cimarron River below Eagle Nest Lake in the Cimarron Canyon State Park. There were no reports from Lake Maloya at Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton. It has been very cold here and ice may be starting to form. You might want to call (575).445.5607 to check on conditions. This time of the year the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish stocks many of the smaller lakes in Southern New Mexico with rainbow trout. If you’d like to wet a line in the Socorro area, Escondida Lake just north of Socorro was stocked Nov. 5 with 800 rainbow trout. By GEORGE MORSESports And OutdoorsLos Alamos Daily Post Laguna del Campo near Los Ojos is closed for the season. It will reopen to fishing May 1, 2020. The small high elevation lakes like Canjilon Lakes, Lagunitas Lakes and Trout Lakes are starting to freeze over. The Refuge is near the small town of San Antonio. This town is famous for the rivalry between the Buckhorn Café and the Owl Bar & Cafe as to who serves the best green chile cheeseburger. Lake Roberts near Silver City has had good fishing for rainbow trout. There are also Gila trout in this lake. It was stocked Nov. 4 with 1,250 rainbow trout. Bill Evans Lake near Silver City has had good fishing for stocked rainbow trout. Both these lakes have some big largemouth bass. They are classified as trophy bass lakes. The limit on bass is two fish per day 18 inches in length or longer.last_img read more

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New Mexico Game And Fish Relocate Bear And Three Cubs

first_imgNMGF conservation officers captured a female bear with three cubs Tuesday near Los Pueblos and successfully relocate them to western New Mexico. Courtesy photoNMGF News:New Mexico Department of Game and Fish conservation officers captured a female bear with three cubs found roaming Tuesday near Los Pueblos in Los Alamos and successfully relocated them to western New Mexico.A concerned resident called the Department last week about the bears raiding neighborhood dumpsters. Seven conservation officers worked around the clock over several days to ensure the capture and safe relocation of the sow and her cubs.The bears found food in garbage cans and were in danger of becoming habituated to being fed in neighborhoods. All of the bears are healthy and have not been captured in the past.“Our officers did a great job safely catching these bears,” Director Mike Sloane said. “Even in the city, it’s important for people to know they can help keep wildlife wild by reducing the amount of attractants in their own yards and neighborhoods.”As the summer months trek on, the Department wants residents to be aware of the increased chance of encountering bears.For public safety and for the bears’ safety, people should continue to be diligent about keeping trash properly contained until the day of pickup, especially if you reside in or close to wooded areas. One of three cubs carried out of an area near Los Pueblos Tuesday. The cub, its two siblings and mother were relocated to western New Mexico. Courtesy/NMGFKeep your camp clean and store food and garbage properly at all times. Use bear-proof containers when available. If not, suspend food, toiletries, coolers and garbage from a tree at least 10 feet off the ground and six feet out from the tree trunk.Keep your tent and sleeping bag free of all food smells. Store the clothes you wore while cooking or eating with your food.Sleep a good distance from your cooking area or food storage site, 100 yards is recommended.Never intentionally feed bears to attract them for viewing.If you encounter a bear:Make yourself appear large by holding out your jacket. If you have small children, pick them up so they don’t run.Give the bear plenty of room to escape, so it doesn’t feel threatened or trapped.If a black bear attacks you, fight back using anything at your disposal, such as rocks, sticks, binoculars or even your bare hands. Aim for the bear’s nose and eyes.If the bear has not seen you, stay calm and slowly move away, making noise so the bear knows you are there. Never get between a mother bear and her cubs.If you are experiencing a persistent problem with bears, contact your local law enforcement for immediate assistance. Visit the Department’s website to find contact information. For more information about living with bears in New Mexico, consult Keeping Bears Alive and Yourself Safe. Conservation Officer Jerry Pohl carries one of three cubs out of an area near Los Pueblos Tuesday. The cub, its two siblings and mother were relocated to western New Mexico. Courtesy/NMGFThe Department offers the following suggestions if you visit or live in bear country:Never leave fruit from trees and bushes to rot on the ground as it is a powerful attractant to bears and other wildlife.Remove bird feeders. Bears see them as high calorie treats and often will look for other food sources nearby.Never put meat or sweet-smelling food scraps such as melon in your compost pile.Don’t leave pet food or food dishes outdoors at night.Clean and store outdoor grills after use. Bears can smell sweet barbecue sauce and grease for miles.last_img read more

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Newbuild LR1 Joins Navig8 Product Tankers’ Fleet

first_imgShipping company Navig8 Product Tankers has taken delivery of the 74,000 dwt LR1 tanker Navig8 Providence from South Korean shipbuilder SPP Shipbuilding.The Navig8 Providence is the second of four vessels contracted at SPP to be delivered to the company and is the second vessel to be delivered under the sale and leaseback agreements entered into with CMB Financial Leasing in March 2016.Following delivery of the Navig8 Providence to CMBFL under the terms of the assigned shipbuilding contract, the tanker was then delivered back to the company under bareboat charter.Navig8 Providence will be entered into and operated in Navig8 Group’s LR8 commercial pool.The company has so far taken delivery of ten LR1 and ten LR2 product tanker newbuildings. Its remaining newbuilding fleet is expected to join the company by the end of 2016.last_img read more

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Surge in disputes over trusts, figures show

first_imgLegal disputes over trusts have soared by 238% during the recession, according to City firm Wedlake Bell. Figures from the Ministry of Justice show the number of claims in the High Court in London involving trusts rose to 44 in 2009, up from 13 in 2008. In 2006, there were just three such cases recorded. But Fay Copeland, a partner in the firm’s private client team, said the actual number of disputes involving trusts is likely to be significantly higher than that, as most claims are settled out of court. Copeland put the increase in claims down to the fall in income from trusts, coupled with the rise in trustees’ fees. 

Beneficiaries who have seen the income generated by their trusts or the value of assets held in trusts slump during the recession, have increasingly looked to recoup their losses by bringing claims against trustees alleging their assets have been mismanaged, explained Copeland. 
 She said: ‘The income generated by trusts will have fallen quite substantially during the recession. In addition, many beneficiaries have seen the capital value of investments and property held in trusts drop, often significantly.’
 
Copeland said trustees are usually likely to be banks or professionals such as accountants and solicitors, but could include family members, who often agree to act as trustees without really knowing what is involved. As the administration of trusts and management of the assets has become more complex, Copeland said that family members can find themselves being criticised and caught up in a dispute. Copeland added that the growing amount of red tape associated with managing trusts, due to increasingly complex tax rules and anti-money laundering compliance, had led to a sharp rise in the fees of professional trustees. She said this is likely to have fuelled the anger of beneficiaries who have seen the income from their trusts fall. 
 
‘For many beneficiaries who have seen the value of their assets dwindle, this will have added insult to injury, fuelling litigation,’ said Copeland.last_img read more

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Big lifters unveiled

first_imgThe new crane, which is still in the design stages, will offer maximum lift capacity of 3,000 tonnes at 48 metre radius, 2,000 tonnes at 53-54 metres, 1,000 tonnes at 98 metres and 500 tonnes at 122 metres radius.The Netherlands-based heavy lifting company’s crane is designed to mobile crane standards, with 360 degree slew in normal configuration, but can also be rigged to run on straight tracks. Slewing is via normal crane type rollers, with 360 degrees taking 30 minutes.The PTC 120 can also self-erect its own boom, allowing it to lower the boom in case of severe winds.Meanwhile, the latest generation SK cranes from international heavy transportation and lifting company ALE (Abnormal Load Engineering) offer lift capacity of 3,152 tonnes (SK90) and 4,518 tonnes (SK120) at 27.5 metres outreach, the equivalent of 48 metres radius, says ALE.The SK machines slew around a fixed ballast position, which gives major advantages on congested sites and enables the machine to stand “off plot” lifting at radii not possible before.Staffordshire, UK, based ALE’s SK90 completed its first major lift earlier this year when it was used to lift a 69 metre long depropaniser column weighing 755 tonnes at a petrochemical plant in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.Working at 84 metres outreach, the SK90 allowed engineers to complete foundations and piperacks in advance of column installation. The installation of the depropaniser column was the first of a number of major lifts on the project.last_img read more

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