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Friday, January 23, 2009

Uh...Attorney Green, the Barn Door is open again...NEIGGGHH!...NEIGGGHH!

On January 13, 2009, Concerned Citizens FOILed a copy of the new contract between the Town of New Hartford and Frank J. Basile, CPA's, P.C. The previously signed contract expired on December 31, 2008.

A few days later, we visited Butler Hall and we were informed by the Town Clerk that there was no signed contract because "they are still working on it".

On January 20, 2009, we contacted the Town Clerk and asked that, as allowed by FOIL, we would like Town Supervisor Reed to sign a certification that no contract exists at this time.

Today, January 23, 2009 we visited the Town Clerk's office on another matter and we were handed a copy of a signed contract between Frank Basile, CPA's, P.C. and Town Supervisor Earle C. Reed...dated today, January 23, 2009. The Town Clerk said that Supervisor Reed probably won't be providing a certification because the contract is now signed and we could have a copy.

Au contraire , Madam Town Clerk...We would like a certification from Supervisor Reed that as of January 20, 2009, when we submitted our FOIL, no signed contract existed between the Town of New Hartford and Frank J. Basile, CPA's, P.C.

Furthermore, Town Supervisor Reed doesn't have the authority to sign a contract for services without first presenting it to the Town Board for their approval. Therefore, the earliest the contract could be signed would be at the next Town Board meeting on January 28, 2009...AFTER the board votes to give Supervisor Reed the authority to sign it! Therefore, there still is no signed contract between the Town of New Hartford and Frank J. Basile, CPA's, P.C. The contract, as presented to us, is null and void.

So if Mr. Basile and his fellow employees have been working for the Town, they are doing so without a legitimate signed contract and without Town Board approval...Town Supervisor Reed and Mr. Frank Basile should know that by now.

Then there is the question as to whether or not the Town Board should be soliciting bids for this contract that amounts to over $100,000 a year...after all, there must be plenty of CPA firms that would love to have that kind of annual income that they can count on!

Closing the barn door AFTER the horses get out is getting to be a habit of this administration...

We have a couple of more blogs to write about Mr. Basile and his contract, but first we are going to finish blogging about the overtime payment of $71,544 to bookkeeper Carol Fairbrother. You might be surprised as to what we found out...or maybe not given the shenanigans that seem to happen in the Town of New Hartford.

Don't forget to attend the workshop for the Southern Area GEIS at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, January 24th.

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