Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Links for more information re Sub-Regional Sewer Fund Issue

January 5, 2010 City Commission Meeting - SunTrust Covenant violation

December 11, 2009 City Manager's Report - 

December 8, 2009 City Commission Work Session -

Refer to July 20, 2010 City Commission Agenda re Rampell & Rampell accounting report. - Item 11A

Comment left by Anonymous under previous post:

I went because of your posting. What I took away was that the City of Lake Worth is owed over 
$13,000.000 Thirteen million dollars
from neighboring municipalities. Moneys not collected due past mistakes in billing. 
Apparently they, the municipalities have kept making payments and the funds are in in escrow. ??
the choice now is mediation or litigation. 
All but one municipality made an appearance last night and said they are willing to come to the table and settle this once and for all. 
City Mgr. made herself available to redress this matter before statue of limitation makes collecting a moot point. 
A comment by the Mayor was that Utilities Mgr is out (vacation?) so deadline would come and go.
Hellooo $13.000.000 at stake
What would I do. Spend $3.000 get the guy back from where ever he is, be it Timbukto or Europe get him back to the table asap. or forfeit collections owed to city of Lake Worth. 
Utilities Mgr is not worth his weight in salt If the city looses this, because HE is unavailable.

ED note: Utility Director is Rebecca Mattey, P.E.


Anonymous said...

Listened to the discussion last night. Could not believe that a private citizen, Laura Starr, had to explain to our City Attorney that there is such a thing as a tolling agreement "A tolling agreement is an agreement to waive a right to claim that litigation should be dismissed due to the expiration of a statute of limitations. Its purpose is typically to allow a party additional time to assess and determine the legitimacy and viability of their claims and/or the amount of their damages without the necessity of filing an action. During this period, the parties waive any defense by way of any statute of limitations which would otherwise arise during such period."

This is something the City Attorney and the outside counsel, who has received hundreds of thousands of dollars, should have known about it. It was embarrassing to listen to. If Commissioner Maxwell had not made a fuss about being pressured to pass this at the last minute, then this opportunity to salvage our relationship with the regional partners would not have presented itself.

Anonymous said...

Trying to read between the lines last night, our City Manager must be trying to play hardball with the other cities. We heard of her stonewalling the other cities' attempts to bring this to a conclusion. Of the $13 million owed, it was said that WE owe $3Million.

It is obvious the other cities want to save their taxpayers money and they may be "ganging up" on our city manager. I hope Wes can break it down into bite size pieces that even "I" can understand.

In the mean time, Laura Starr should be praised in making the very uncomfortable admonition to two very "deer eyed", experienced attorneys that there exists a "tolling agreement" which extends the "statute of limitations" for which this item appeared of utmost importance.

Without Laura's comments, the outcome would have been different.

Thank you Laura!

Chris said...

I am getting a little sick of Stanton claiming that she inherited yet another unsolved problem. What has she done over the last 1 year plus term of office?

Did everybody get the message that Stanton's hardball tactics stopped the negotiations dead in the water and that only Mattingly could communicate effectively with these customers/partners/municipalities?

Wouldn't any reasonable person put a $13,000,000 problem as a top priority? What is the status of the forensic audit requested by these municipalities over a year ago?

Imagine them not trusting our audit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!