Paul Fetter, on 21 November 2012 - 05:30 PM, said:
The hourly rate is not the only expense of a town employee. There is federal matching, workman’s comp, longevity pay, retirement, and insurance. The inclusive rate would be closer to $30 an
Consultants hired to fill in for Mrs. Montgomery would need to be familiar with the wastewater treatment plant, its re-municipilization, dealing with IDEM, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, be able to deal with and oversee construction of the treatment plant, and be on call and available. This information puts Mr. Isgrigg on a short list. Mr. Gwyn has the legal expertise to help in both cases as needed and is capable in meeting with all parties. Both are capable of dealing with the flexible time needed to do this consultation. Mr. Isgrigg and Mr. Gwyn will be working as consultants based on hours worked, and will not be on a schedule, but be on call and have to meet or work at different locations.
Most temporary employees make less than $20 an hour, these are not temporary employees, they are paid consultants. I cannot say as I have seen any cheaper consulting rates than these, let alone an attorney and someone with the specialized knowledge required here. (Most attorneys bill 4 to 10 times as much per hour). You cannot have expected them to do this for free.
Like I said, I get the $10,000 request and I'm OK with it. It was also good to see the tourism bureau kick in and that Jeff will be talking over it at their next meeting.
As for Isgrigg and Gwin, Mr. Gray's right, no matter how you slice this it still looks bad. I can't imagine either of them have "specialized" experience dealing with the "re-municipalization" of the sewer plant and its associated costs. Yes, I know where they come from, but I don't see this going smoothly.
Regardless, thanks for chiming in and letting us know what's going on.