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Contractor says he wasn't paid for work in DeKalb County

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A contractor said he was not paid for work done in DeKalb County and was once paid double without the county noticing it.

It's an issue brought to light in a DeKalb County corruption report and we're learning the problem still exists.

It's a difficult job, but somebody's got to do it and Alessandro Salvo is often that guy.

"Four months has gone by and we don't even have an answer as to when we might get paid," Salvo said.

Salvo owns GS Construction and has completed many water line repairs throughout metro Atlanta, but lately he's fed up with doing business in DeKalb County.

"I work with every other county here, Gwinnett, Cobb, Fulton, Clayton County, Paulding County, and no other government functions this way," Salvo said.

Often he wonders if it functions at all. His business is owed thousands of dollars after being called in to make emergency repairs in DeKalb County when a water main malfunctioned in July, leaving homeowners and businesses without clean drinking water for days.

"We came out, we performed, we saved their butts and they've just been retaliating against us ever since," Salvo said.

Salvo said the county called OSHA on him, but the inspector found no violations.

So why has the county failed to pay GS Construction? It's a question we asked DeKalb County Chief Operating Officer Zachary Williams.

"I think we've been able to focus in on this is what we agree we should pay, and I'm intending to ensure that payment gets sent out within the next day or so," Williams said.

It's not the only issue GS Construction has had to deal with in DeKalb County.

Salvo said he's been overlooked on some jobs even though he was the lowest bidder and the county double paid him on another project and he's the one that caught their mistake and sent the money back.

When asked how many people were being double paid and not saying anything, Williams said, "This is the first time hearing of this instance, and I would hope that what you just described does not happen and if there are those very, very few instances where it does, we need to assure that we have systems in place that don't allow that."

Williams added that disputes can slow the payment process down, but over the past 90 days, they have implemented a wire payment process. He is also requesting a report monthly from the fiance department to monitor payments.

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