continued Merrihew, who is running against Bartley for the position of supervisor in the November election, said all payments were approved by the DEC, which acted as funding agency.
“There were no requisitions ever submitted by my administration that were not reviewed, verified and documented in a positive sense by the DEC,” Merrihew said. “Not only were our eyes scrutinizing the billing, but it was always re-reviewed and only then were those funds released to us by the DEC and then we would pay the contractor.”
Bartley spoke about why she stopped payments to Barton & Loguidice.
“After I became supervisor in 2012, I questioned the excessive payments on this project,” Bartley said. “In May, Barton & Loguidice asked me to sign an amended contract, which had no price attached. I refused to sign the contract because I did not want to commit the town to additional unknown costs. I notified them that they should stop work on the project until all the financial questions could be answered.”
Bartley added that, to date, the town has not received any construction plans, easements or building specs from the company.
As for the lawsuit, Bartley said that questions would have to be addressed to the previous administration.
“I can understand why members of the previous administration, especially Mr. (Ken) Fenimore and Mr. Merrihew may be worried about a lawsuit,” she said. “Over $750,000 of state money was spent while they were in office and the town has not received any construction plans, easements or building specs. The questions that would be raised, both in court and by the DEC would be Mr. Merrihew’s to answer. Four of the current town board members, including myself, were not in office during the five years that the DEC grant money was spent and the unpaid bills were incurred.”