- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 29, 2014

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) - Lawrence officials are trying to decide whether to pay a paving contractor nearly $300,000 for work done without a contract and under the administration of the previous mayor.

The City Council on Tuesday put aside a request to pay a $294,444 bill from a company that says former mayor William Lantigua promised to pay.

Highway Rehabilitation Corp. originally had an $85,000 contract to pave six streets last summer. It continued working when the funding ran out after Lantigua and the city engineer and purchasing agent promised to pay for added work.

The city has refused to pay for the added work based on a state law requiring localities to rebid contracts that run over by 25 percent or more.

Improving city streets was a cornerstone of Lantigua’s failed re-election campaign.

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