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S.C. LLR complaint filed on $48,000 Surfside Beach improvement work

A complaint has been filed with the S.C. Labor, Licensing and Regulation [S.C. LLR] board against BNV Builders of Surfside Beach for work done in the amount of $48,719.00.

As MyHorryNews posted this past January 2019:   A stretch of 3rd Avenue South in Surfside Beach is set to receive improvements.

“Town Administrator Dennis Pieper said the town received two parks, recreation and tourism grants — one for $100,000 and another for $160,000 — and also is allocating $225,000 garnered from the County Transportation Commission, or CTC, for the project.”

The money went towards improving 3rd Avenue South between Poplar Drive and U.S. 17 Business.

A portion of this work was bid on and won by BNV Builders of Surfside Beach.   According to Surfside Beach records,  BNV was the only company who bid on the electrician services portion of the work.

The complaint sent to S.C. LLR includes a statement by Surfside Beach Planning and Zoning Director Sabrina Morris stating permits were never pulled for the work done by BNV.

On learning of the complaint, we reached out to John Adair, Surfside Beach Public Works Director on October 14th.

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Director Adair,
I just called you at your office in reference to the below bid contract to BNV builders.  We note that the check was paid #77462 to Mr. Home Expert on July 18, 2019.
I am now being told no permits were issued on the work order for neither BNV nor Mr. Home Expert.   Can you help me qualify whether this is in fact accurate?
Were you aware there were no permits issued by the city when you allowed this work to be completed?  Or do permits exist and we have been provided inaccurate information?
Thanks –  As you can see below,  BNV and Mr. Home Expert have common ownership.
Bradley Sweeney
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Mr. Adair never returned our call nor responded to our email.

A check  (#77462) was paid by the Town of Surfside Beach in the amount of $48,719.00 to Mr. Home Expert on July 18, 2019

The owner of BNV, Bradley Sweeney,  is listed as a contact for Mr. Home Expert, LLC.

Mr. Sweeney also lists himself as an owner of Beach Boyz Auto Repair, along with Surfside Beach Town Councilman David Pellegrino.

BELOW FROM THE COMPANY WEBSITE:

Beach Boyz Auto Repair

The company website states:  Beach Boyz Auto Repair was started by local businessmen David Pellegrino and Bradley Sweeney.

Mr. Pellegrino is currently running for Mayor in the November 5th Surfside Beach elections.

In his 2019 ethics filings,  Mr. Pellegrino listed his ownership of Beach Boyz Auto Repair.  In a response to our email request,  Pellegrino stated,  “Yes, I do own that business.

Mr. Pellegrino did not file his ownership of Beach Boyz Auto Repair in his 2017 nor his 2018 ethics filings.

We reached out to Mr. Pellegrino this morning to confirm Sweeney’s ownership of Beach Boyz Auto Repair.  We have not heard back from him as of today’s publication.

 

 

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