Particular Purchase Order Raises Questions at North Judson Town Council Meeting (11/10)

posted Nov 10, 2017, 8:16 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library
Posted on November 10, 2017
Author Jacque Ryan, WKVI 

When it came time to approve purchase orders at the North Judson Town Council meeting on Monday, members chose to refrain from paying the second installment charge for consulting services from the Starke County Economic Development Foundation until more details can be gathered.

Clerk-Treasurer Andrew Rowe alerted the council that bill was for $8,273.60. Before the purchase orders could be approved, Council Member Josh Brown asked what the SCEDF is doing specifically to warrant a total of $16,000 owed with the two installments.

Council Member Jane Ellen Felchuck explained that Executive Director Charlie Weaver does send reports and John Rowe said that representatives have attended recent meetings in order present new information. Council President Wendy Hoppe also mentioned that they brought in OTES and that they’re hopefully working to bring in more industry.

Resident, and former Clerk-Treasurer, Donna Henry added that when she was in office, after the Town entered into the contract with the Starke County Economic Development Foundation, she ran into a similar issue.

“The billing that I got the second time, I found it to be inaccurate.” Henry explained, “I forget exactly what it was but when I pointed that out to Charlie in an email, he agreed with my calculations so just be careful, don’t just take their calculation as it, just make sure that it is correct.”

Clerk-Treasurer Rowe assured the council members that he would contact representatives with the Foundation in order to check the accuracy of the bill and assess the specifics of the existing contract between the Town of North Judson and the SCEDF.