AHA hires J.R. Brown to finish Fairview Hills

The Altoona Housing Authority recently hired a company to finish a roofing job at Fairview Hills left undone when the authority terminated the contract of another firm for allowing a worker on-site who had failed a background check.

The authority discovered the contract violation after the worker fell, broke his back and was paralyzed.

Second-lowest initial bidder J.R. Brown Construc­tion of Hollidaysburg is charging $77,000 to complete the job left undone by Kylor Contracting of Cassville.

It’s a negotiated price for doing 3.5 roofs of six in the original contracts — five four-unit apartment buildings and a garage, authority officials said Wednesday.

Coupled with $37,500 already paid to Kylor, the new contract will bring the total cost of the work to $114,500 — $7,500 more than Kylor’s original bid.

It’s not much more, said authority Executive Direc­tor Cheryl Johns. “I’m very satisfied,” she said.

J.R. Brown agreed to do the remainder for a reasonable price, especially for a contractor coming in to finish a job begun by another — which most contractors don’t like to do, said authority member Scott Brown.

Kylor officials apologized in June for what happened and pleaded unsuccessfully for permission to complete the job, but the authority declined, citing broken trust.