During a work meeting of the Stockton Town Council Tuesday night, it was decided that a letter will to be sent to the state Water Quality Board asking for forgiveness of a $250,000 debt which was incurred for preliminary work on a proposed sewer project.
Curt Morris, the town’s civil attorney, said the letter could take weeks to draft as he needs to gather several different exhibits about the proposal, including some from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Once the letter is written, the town board will review it during a regular town council meeting and if they find it satisfactory, it will be turned into the state.
If the state doesn’t agree to forgive the debt, Morris said the next step would be to pursue a settlement, meaning the town would offer to pay a portion of the money owed but not all of it. He also said at this point the council has not determined what budget the money would be taken from.
As far as an $40,000 invoice from Ward Engineering (designers of the system), Morris said “There is a bit of a question as to whether or not the bill is legitimate,” but he said the council has yet to address the matter.