By Shelbie Harris, firstname.lastname@example.org
FORT HALL â Itâs anyoneâs guess as to when the much-heralded expansion of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribesâ casino will finish.
The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes on Tuesday terminated its contract with the Idaho Falls-based company tasked with constructing the expansion, Ormond Builders Inc. A letter from the Tribes that was sent to Ormond Builders last month alleges the company failed to correct several breaches of the contract in a timely fashion.
The original letter was sent on March 9 and an additional letter was sent on March 28 stating Ormond Builders had 21 days from March 9 âto cure several breaches of the contract.â
The Tribes announced the terminated contract on Wednesday. Within the next 30 days, the Tribes will work with appropriate parties to retain another general contractor to finish the expansion.
The Fort Hall Business Council approved the $35 million expansion at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Event Center in October 2016. The project, dubbed Casino Expansion Phase II, includes a 72,984-square-foot casino that will be directly attached to the existing event center.
Randyâl Teton, spokesperson for the Tribes, told the Journal on Thursday that no other information will be released regarding the terminated contract and there is no timeline for the completion of the project.
Fort Hall Business Council Chairman Nathan Small states, âWe value the work of our subcontractors and suppliers and look forward to continuing a positive working relationship to complete our casino project.â