“It is a 4-year-old story. This contract was voted on then, and even (McDermott’s) folks voted for it,” Batistatos stated. “As a board member, if I’ve a query, and it is my job to be fiduciarily accountable, and if this was such a burning concern, at what level did Tom (Dabertin) or Andy say, ‘Speros, are you able to stroll me via this? It begins throughout the board itself. If they are saying, ‘Nicely, I didn’t know,’ I’d say, ‘Nicely, did you ask?'”
Batistatos stated McDermott’s launch of those figures is a distraction from the bigger concern — Hammond’s $224 million debt.
“Hammond has a $224 million ticking time bomb, underneath the mayor’s look ahead to the final 16 years. But that has but make a headline. That is political,” Batistatos stated.
However McDermott stated Wednesday that context is every little thing — solely about $30 million to $40 million of that’s civil metropolis debt. About $87 million is from the Hammond Sanitary District, which stays underneath an EPA mandate for stormwater enhancements, and an excellent share can also be derived from tax increment financing district debt.
“It is probably not a good comparability. I get slammed by Speros as a result of I am unable to pump uncooked sewage into Lake Michigan with out going via a therapy plant that is tremendous costly and controlled by the federal authorities. So it is probably not a good comparability, if you’re speaking a couple of man who places on ‘The Christmas Story’ competition versus me, who’s chargeable for 150,000 bogs, and miles of wastewater streams. That does not evaluate to the man who will get (a $336,000 compensation bundle) for placing on festivals,” he stated.