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Contractor to pay $2.3 million to Philly over claims of inadequate work

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The city of Philadelphia has reached an agreement with a contractor accused of not doing its job. 

After an extensive review, city Inspector General Amy Kurland said her office found that contractor Danella Construction Corporation wasn’t doing all the paving, concrete and other contracting work it was supposed to be doing for the Philadelphia Gas Works.

“PGW received a complaint and they came to us asking for help,” Kurland said. “They did a number of core samples, 40 to 400 core samples, and they established the concrete and asphalt was not as thick as it should be.”

Armed with that information, city officials went to the Danella company in Plymouth Meeting and worked out a deal, which included a payment of about $2.3 million and, even more importantly, Kurland said, agreements to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“Danella is going to enter into a corporate compliance program and that program will include yearly training and compliance insurance,” she said. “And, finally, Danella, is going to indemnify the city for three years against any problems that could occur in the future with the roadways.”

The agreement was reached with no admission of guilt by the contractor.

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