Breaking News: UCUA Stands Up to Bauch on Legal Fees

At least one UCUA Commissioner stood up for taxpayers when the internal investigation into the stipend scandal that was supposed to cost $25,000 and take three weeks will now be costing $50,000 with no end in sight.

The meeting, according to the agenda, was supposed to start at 6:30 tonight but the Finance Committee was meeting until 7:20:
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Though the resolutions were not available to the public (i.e. me) I gathered that the secret discussions were about the law firm of Bauch, Zucker, Hatfield, LLC, a major campaign donor to Union County Democrats,  getting another $50,000 in fees for the stipend fact-finding they are involved in.  I got this impression primarily from Commissioner Edward Jackus:

Resolution 53: Approving legal vouchers relating to employee stipend fact-finding inquiry:
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Resolution 54: Professional Service Contract cap increase – Bauch Zucker Hatfield:
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Resolution 53A: paying Bauch Zucker Hatfield past fees:
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Trying to get some answers in Public Comment time:
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The bills and resolutions are now linked to above and the reason they needed to separate out the Bauch Zucker Hatfield fees from Resolution 53 and pass Resolution 54 before 53A was that those fees ($27,720.62) had already exceeded the original $25,000 cap.

But assuming that the Local Finance Board is now involved, as we have reason to believe, this sad episode is unlikely to end either on July 21 or at $50,000.

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7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jim Buettner on June 19, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Did not see the UC liaison to the UCUA/UCIA aka Chairman Hudak present at the meeting. What up with that? Also noted that the often vocal Dan Sullivan was uncharacteristically mum during the meeting. Hopefully it will not be long before we will be seeing him doing his walk of shame and resigning like Charlotte had to once the curtain was pulled back for all to see the lack of quality people doing the citizens business. This was also an historic meeting- it is the first time in four years of following UC government that I have seen a board vote be less than unanimous! I applaud the dissenters for finding their backbone and saying NO to the charade known as a “fact finding committee”. John good reporting as usual.

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  2. Posted by lschmidt on June 19, 2014 at 7:18 am

    This is one reason people are leaving the state.
    Just keep the public in the dark.

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  3. Posted by Tina Renna on June 19, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Did the commissioners thank the County Watchers for bringing Daniel Sullivan’s stipend payments to their attention?

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  4. Posted by G. Albritton on June 19, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Why the sudden concern at the UCUA for the taxpayers? That looks like it was just an excuse to complain about how the Bauch firm is handling the matter, maybe too carefully. These dissenters are upset because they wanted this subject quietly white-washed and forgotten many weeks ago. Commissioner Jackus somehow managed to see fit to sign the stipend checks himself in September(?), so he wants this gone. (See http://unioncountywatchdog.org/docs/UCUA%20Vouchers26-36.pdf ) For him and the other “NO” votes, the added expense means that the Bauch firm will draw out the “inquiry” and thereby draw more attention to the matter and to them personally.

    The UCUA should take a lesson from the UCIA, which monthly approves tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in endless attorney fee payments to the DeCotiis firm — apparently without a thought or care as to the amount or validity — and no one else seems to be concerned. The UCIA can even delay posting the “Bill List” showing these approved amounts for weeks afterwards to evade public scrutiny. By way of example, the approved bills list from the UCIA’s June 4 meeting has still not been posted on their website. When that list finally shows up, the DeCotiis “Runnells” bill to the UCIA for May 2014 alone should make the Bauch proposed charges here look very small indeed.

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  5. Posted by javagold on June 21, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    I think the cat thief, has Sullivan’s tongue….he sure has lost his swagger.

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