Forestville board members debate water project attorney

FORESTVILLE – Whether to accept the old attorney for the water project was the dilemma at the recent Forestville Village Board meeting.

A resolution was placed before the board to authorize a contract with Attorney Michael Bolender for legal services on the water project with the village only responsible for secretarial fees like postage.

Mayor Linda Aures explained Bolender has already been paid to do the water project legal service and that is why there is no charge.

Trustee Ron Lineman pointed out Bolender was paid $192,000 to do legal work on the water project, far above the $30,000 to $40,000 estimate from municipal solutions.

“I don’t think we need his services anymore,” he said. “Why can’t we have Mr. (Michael) Sullivan do it?”

Trustee Kevin Johnson noted then the village would have to pay Attorney Sullivan for legal services they have already paid Bolender to do.

“Will he do it honestly?” Trustee Mindy Borrello questioned.

Lineman said Bolender does not want another lawyer looking at what he’s done. “I don’t trust him,” he said.

Sullivan advised the fees should not exceed $500, but it makes sense to have the work done for “free.”

The water project engineer in attendance admitted it is “unnerving” that easements may not be finalized when the village plans to move forward with the project.

When put to a vote only Lineman vote against and the resolution was passed.

The board also set a quarterly water billing schedule where alternately the bills would pay for the debt or the usage. The village still needs to set a rate for the usage.

The board also discussed storm drainage issues on Cedar Street, a broken driveway tile on Pearl Street and the town replacing the bridge on Mixer Road.

Jennifer Kohler reported the fire department needs new tire for the ambulance and the printer needs to be repaired or replaced.

The board also resolved to hire a part-time mower at minimum wage for the summer to give a local teen some job experience.

The board will meet again on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the village hall.