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Blacksburg Spends $30 Thousand On Project; Can't Name Contractor

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Blacksburg wants a museum to feature an antique fire truck but encounters problems with project. Blacksburg wants a museum to feature an antique fire truck but encounters problems with project.
BLACKSBURG, S.C. -

In the back of the Blacksburg Volunteer Fire Station is an antique truck that could be the centerpiece of downtown development.  The 1941 Chevy fire truck was carefully restored down to the hardwood floors beneath the driver’s feet.

In June, the town’s council voted to spend more than $125,000.00 on a museum across the street from the fire station.  The antique truck would be the centerpiece.

Minutes from that June 6th meeting show the council unanimously settled on a builder named “KEYO Development.”

KEYO is a North Carolina corporation registered to Kelvin Young, who graduated from high school in Blacksburg.

Young had been buying and restoring several homes in the Blacksburg area.

‘Everybody was excited that he was buying houses in the town and making the town look better," said mayor David Hogue.

Not long after than June meeting, on June 20th, Young sent a request to Blacksburg for $31,000.00 for supplies and sub-contractors.

The letter is signed by Young and features the KEYO Development logo.

Still without a signed contract for the project, the town cut a check for the full amount.

7 On Your Side asked the mayor, why someone without a contract was paid more than $30 thousand dollars.

“I would assume the administrator gave that to him because we had some changes in the plans and I'm sure the money was being spent to do that," Hogue said.

It is true that the town requested changes to the museum design and Young supplied drawings from a licensed architect.

But that’s when Blacksburg officials noticed a problem.  Kelvin Young was not a licensed contractor.

When 7 On Your Side investigated his business, the North Carolina Secretary of State’s office said they were in the process of “administratively dissolving” KEYO Developments after the corporation failed to submit required paperwork.

When asked about not being a licensed contractor, Young said he was simply the project developer and was working with a general contractor called “Morlando Construction” another Charlotte-based company.

Morlando’s CEO also siad he was working with Yousaidfor about 6 months” but there was still no signed contract.  The town was negotiating one with Morlando.

In Blacksburg there is no reference to any company but Young’s.  The plans and the payments were made to KEYO.

“I didn’t even know that company name until you told me,” Hogue said.

Young said the town knew about the separate company “from day one.”

The current, still unsigned contract calls for work to begin on the new museum November 18th.

“I'm proud of what we're doing down there and they knew from the beginning that my G.C. was Morlando.  I'm a developer.  I'm am a visionary," Young said.

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