Water rate increase expected in Esto

Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 at 12:39 PM.

Town Clerk Jody Sellers informed the council that she had received an invoice from their auditor for $10,000 for his services.

“He quoted me an estimate of between $6,000 and $7,000,” said Sellers. “Now he’s changed his mind and is requesting $10,000.”

Goodman said there wasn’t much he could do from a legal standpoint because it was only an estimate and not a set figure given and that there was no contract to bind that price.

“If you don’t protect yourself from the front end you can’t protect yourself in the back end,” said Goodman. “This isn’t a legal issue, it’s an issue with an employee; someone you have hired to do a job hasn’t provided the services required. I suggest you send him a letter telling him that he hasn’t provided his service in a timely manner and then tell him what you’re willing to pay.”

Goodman then advised them to have all their documentations in order to prove he had ample notification of the due dates of his work and from what he knew, Goodman said that the council had a favorable chance in getting the matter resolved in a positive manner.

The council agreed to draft a letter stating insufficient services and requesting the return of owed files and to make necessary contacts to hire a new auditor, this time under the prerequisite of having a contract as suggested by Goodman.

Sellers said the town had received a letter from the Department of Environmental Protection stating that all the requirements to get the water system up to code was almost complete, but the last requirement was also the most expensive.

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