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Developer, county embroiled in lawsuit over house elevation

Several filings have been made over the past few months in Mathews County Circuit Court regarding a dispute between David and George Jones of JB Property Development in Mathews and the Mathews County Board of Supervisors.

The filings relate to a claim David Jones made during the July board meeting that the county owed JB Property Development $22,112.46 for a home elevation project that was funded by a FEMA Hazard Mitigation Program Grant. The property is located at 674 Morse Point Road in Peary.

The board addressed the claim in September, following the advice of County Attorney Andrea Erard (on a 3-1 vote with one abstention) to refuse payment. Erard had explained that Jones had provided an invoice and a supporting document to support the claim, but she said that research revealed that the work was incomplete and that the county had to hire another contractor to finish the job. Erard said the county had paid JB Property Development 90 percent of the contract price, but had not p...

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