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New Barge Leak Leads to Emergency Request
He declared an “emergency situation”, asking that an outside contractor be brought in to stabilize the barge.
The new leak was discovered at midnight Tuesday, Williams said. He has requested $21,600 for one month pumping by a contractor. He hopes to have the barge out of the water by the end of that time or optimally sooner.
In addition, Williams revealed that he spoke to a in his words a "partner" union representative before making the decision to contract out this work. With holes now on the east and west sides of the vessel, he concluded, "I do not want to put our employees at risk."
He continued, "I am looking at all options and will keep council advised", offering to move into executive session to discuss negotiation specifics.
Negotiations with the Huntington Yacht Club have moved slowly. Williams vowed previously, “We knew we had a safety situation and needed two employees to oversee pumping out the water”, Williams explained. The funds for the overtime came from a line item within the department.