- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 1, 2016

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A settlement has been reached in a dispute between a Traverse City church and the company that built the structure.

Eckler Building Solutions LLC filed a lawsuit in May against the Diocese of Gaylord and St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church over $343,000 in unpaid bills. Church officials filed a counter lawsuit, alleging breach of contract by general contractor Ben Eckler and failure of the building to perform as promised.

Post-construction repair bills topped $175,000, according to church officials.

Attorneys representing the church and the general contractor declined to disclose how much was paid to settle the case.

Finish carpenters Jeff Kaltenbach and Mike Krumrie picketed during every regular Saturday and Sunday Mass since Dec. 20, upset over roughly $17,000 in unpaid wages, the Traverse City Record-Eagle (https://bit.ly/1QprBSU ) reported. They were among several subcontractors and suppliers left unpaid by Eckler when the relationship between him and church officials soured over cost overruns.

Kaltenbach told the newspaper that he learned Eckler had to settle with all the subcontractors before he could get paid by the church.

A statement that Eckler issued through his attorney said the company paid subcontractors from its own pocket and that he was glad the church agreed to pay off some of its obligation.

Church attorney Pat Heintz said the church had no role in the settlement between the contractor and subcontractors and that the church would put out a statement when the court signs off on the deal.


Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle, https://www.record-eagle.com

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