If there’s anything more boring than poring over legal bills associated with the $195 million sale of the Scranton Sewer Authority system, I’d rather be doing that. Math has never been my friend.
In my Sunday column, I raised an obvious question: How could a small army of lawyers who banked $3.1 million in fees on the deal fail to secure as many as 750 easements, loose ends that now threaten the loss of $17 million inn sale proceeds?
I’m scanning the invoices for hours billed for work on easements, hoping to compare costs with results — how much was paid vs. how many easements were secured. This is difficult because I don’t know the total number of easements or how many have been secured. I filed a Right to Know Law request for that information, and another for records for all legal costs the authority has paid since the sale closed in December 2016.
I hope to have the information in time for this Sunday’s column. The authority is meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the Governor’s Room on the second floor of City Hall. I’ll be there.
How about you?