Posted 21 November 2012 - 05:30 PM
To concerned Chatter commenters:
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 hour.
Mrs. Montgomery has been working on two very important projects, the re-municipilization of the wastewater department and overseeing the construction of the new $18 million wastewater treatment plant. This project is under a strict time line with IDEM and requires co-ordination with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. 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.
As far as funding legal action, it may have seemed better if someone else had made the motion, but it was my place to do so. I have more knowledge than the rest of the members in regards to the bridges project. Personal agenda? Tolling I-65 does negatively impact where I work, as it does ALL of Clarksville’s retail businesses, hotels, citizens, and the future fiscal ability of the Town of Clarksville to properly administer itself.
I will say again our meetings are public; you are encouraged to attend and speak if you have an idea or concern. Our cell phone numbers and emails are also on the Towns website if you wish to contact any of our council individually.