The Winder City Council on May 24 approved a legal settlement that on Aug. 1 will end H.S. Feldman Inc.’s services to the city. The speed of the settlement was surprising, since it involves more than $26.7 million in lost future revenue for a company that has operated Winder’s wastewater system since 2000 and its water system since 2003. The $1.9 million annual wastewater contract was not scheduled to expire until the end of 2024. The $1.1 million-per-year water treatment contract was not up for renewal until 2014.
But following a brief closed meeting last Thursday, the council voted 5-0-1, with Councilman Larry Evans absent, to authorize the mayor and clerk to sign the settlement document, which states: “Effective August 1, 2012, Feldman shall provide no further services to the City under either the Waste Water Agreement or the Water Treatment Agreement, and those agreements shall be deemed terminated.”
For the full story, see the May 30 issue of the Barrow Journal.