State Inspector General Warns Holyoke Mayor
To be accurate in financial information
On proposed privatization
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HOLYOKE, MA – At 5 p.m. today (MONDAY, APRIL 4) -- A letter will be released to the public from the State Inspector General to Holyoke’s Mayor Sullivan noting concerns about discrepancies presented in the financial analysis of the proposed $176 million 20-year contract with one bidder, Aquarion Water Services.
In 2001 the Inspector General’s office advised cities in the Commonwealth against such one-bid projects.
The letter apprises the Mayor that the State is closely watching as the city goes forward in privatizing its waste water treatment plant with a one-bid process.
The letter and other information will be released at tonight’s special Department of Public Works meeting at 5 p.m. in the offices at 63 Canal St., Holyoke.
The Special DPW meeting was called to set a new single rate after the City Council last week rejected the DPW’s proposed 3-tier rate structure that was designed to meet the needs of proposed contract with Aquarion.
The City Council ordered the DPW to return with a proposal for a single rate for the waste water treatment plant upgrade and Combined Sewer Overflow improvement.