- MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX: Defense Dept. Contracts for July 30, 2014
- Former Prison Employee Appears in Federal Court for Sexual Abuse of Inmate
- BOOK REVIEW: 'The Garner Files': Jim Rockford a Curmudgeon? Say It Ain't So!
- Huntington Police Shoot, Kill Man at Third Avenue Bar
- Huntington Council Votes to Counter Rising Drug Crime by Hiring Ten New Police Officers at Special Session
- Obama Administration Approves NCLB Flexibility Requests for Delaware, Georgia, Minnesota, New York and South Carolina
- CARIBBEAN VIEW: China Will Cast a Huge Shadow as Japan Meets CARICOM
- BOOK REVIEW: 'Monday, Monday': Three Survivors of Mass Campus Shooting and Their Lives Unfolding Over Four Decades
- Huntington Skateboard Park Exceeds Fund Raising Goals, Phase I Open by December 31
- Huntington Police Make Drug Arrests
WV-DEP Confirms Huntington Sanitary Board Change Order Approval
Katheryn D. Emery , WV DEP Engineering Section Manager Clean Water SRF Program, confirmed to HNN that the agency did give approval for the purchases, except for a Dodge Caravan.
“The project was funded by the DEP’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund and we have the authority to approve purchases with our funds,” stated Emery in an e-mail to HNN.
Ms. Emery told Covington in a Dec 14, 2009 letter designated under Hal Greer Blvd. Sewer Extension Miscellaneous Purchases that the Public Service Commission must weigh in.
As for items that are eligible for expenditure of the under-bid funds, Ms. Emery explained that it “depends on the needs of the system, how much money is available, and what is allowable by their bond ordinance and PSC approval.”
The Dec. 14, 2009, letter to Ms. Covington indicated that the PSC approval was necessary.
“In order to ensure that there are no problems in funding these items, the District must make sure the wording of the Bond Ordinance is liberal enough to allow these items to be funded and the PSD must contact the Public Service Commission to check to see if they have any concerns.”
However, the matter of the underbid and purchases did not come to the attention publically of Huntington City Council until brought forward at the Feb. 14, 2011 meeting. The item came in the context of whether Council had to agree to the purchase(s) as they were over $25,000. The Sanitary Board did not require a council vote for the change after the WV DEP and PSC agreed to the purchases.
Ms. Covington’s response to chairman Mark Bates indicated some items would not be purchased until after completion of the extension work and any additional expenditures would not be made until the project was “closer to completion.”