Millcreek water authority assets sale moves ahead
|By John Guerriero, Erie Times-News, Pa.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Millcreek supervisors have received three proposals from consultants that would place a value on the assets, and the supervisors are scheduled to vote on selecting one Tuesday morning.
It's one of several rapid developments in what appears to be an inevitable sale of the assets.
Other developments include:
- The two water utilities are still trying to reach an agreement in a dispute over bulk-water rates before an arbitrator would rule. The Millcreek authority argues that it was overcharged by
- Vojtek and
The topics, however, related to the sale.
Sterrett said the subjects included the transfer of water and sewer customer billing information to
The township could contract with
After the supervisors hire a consultant on Tuesday, a draft report would be expected
Figaski and Supervisor
McGrath said the three consultants that submitted proposals for the study are:
Impagliazzo is a close business associate of another person hired by
Figaski said the
McGrath said it makes financial sense for the supervisors to hire a consultant for an independent study.
"When we're talking about a
In another development, the
The severance agreement would apply to those who stay until the assets are sold. They would receive six months in salary and six months of continued health insurance coverage, along with
Figaski said the agreement also calls for the authority not to challenge any claims for unemployment compensation benefits. Employees who leave for another job before the assets are sold would receive no severance package.
Sterrett said he hopes the severance package would ease some of the concerns of the employees.
"Their anxiety, understandably so, is very high," he said.
Sterrett is not now included in the group set to receive the severance package. Six other employees work for the township's Sewer Authority.
Figaski, who is a member of the
"What they were giving was way beyond what I think a retention package should have been," he said. "It was more of a golden parachute, in my estimation.
"What it basically does is, it reduces the value of the authority for a potential sale," Figaski said. "And I think it also puts an encumbrance on the authority that could make the sale a little more difficult."
Figaski and authority board member
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