Carpenter sued over unfinished beach project

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Nov. 23, 2010, 2:33am

GALVESTON - Michael Morrison claims Greg Pruneau abandoned a work project at his beachfront property on the Bolivar Peninsula, recent court documents say.

In a lawsuit filed Nov. 19 in Galveston County District Court, plaintiff Morrison argues that Pruneau was paid prior to the aforementioned project's commencement, however, the defendant did not uphold his part of a written agreement between both parties.

Morrison and Pruneau entered into a contract on June 4, 2007, which states that the latter was to furnish carpentry, labor and materials for improvement and repairs to Morrison's property in the 1280 block of Yacht Basin in Gilchrist.

Most notable among Pruneau's responsibilities was the installation of 7,000 sq. ft. of Hardie Plank Board. The agreement expected the defendant to complete the work within five months after the start date, the original complaint says.

It adds the plaintiff also requested Pruneau to obtain a building permit on numerous occasions, alleging the defendant has failed and refused to do so.

Morrison insists that Pruneau left the job site with various materials that did not belong to him but were purchased by Morrison or one of his relatives.

The improvements consequently had to be redone in accordance with the Galveston County Building Code Regulations, the suit says.

Morrison seeks up to $50,000 in damages.

He is represented by attorney Thomas J. Sibley of Beaumont.

The case has been assigned to Galveston County 10th District Court Judge David Garner.

Case No. 10-cv-4198

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