City in, entering mediation with contractor, police

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Lewisburg's Water and Wastewater Department has agreed to enter mediation with a Murfreesboro contactor who sued the utility in Marshall County Chancery Court for $82,000.

The dispute is over construction of a sewer along Old Belfast Road, according to records in the case filed Dec. 1 by Wescad Inc. It claims it's not been paid for completing the job that dates to late 2007.

While City Attorney Bill Haywood says the city feels as though the work hadn't been completed, Wescad obviously has a different view of the situation, complicated by a performance bond and a contractor who allegedly represented himself as from Wescad.

At a recent meeting of the Lewisburg Water and Wastewater Board of Directors, utility Superintendent Kenneth Carr reported that Chancellor J.B. Cox authorized mediation and the two sides are to meet with Roger Bean of Tullahoma at 10 a.m. on Nov. 24 to present their positions and subsequently receive his solution to the dispute.

Bean is to serve as the mediator between both sides. A mediator listens to both sides in a dispute and then tries to reason with both parties in an attempt to bring them to an agreement.

Meanwhile, the City of Lewisburg has agreed to mediation of a complaint filed by Police Detective Santiago Mcklean with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The detective filed a report about his supervisor's behavior that he apparently thought was sex harassment. The detective sergeant no longer works for the city. In August, City Manager Eddie Fuller said he was looking for a way to resolve the issue. Mediation with Mcklean at EEOC offices in Nashville was sought. A couple of weeks ago, Fuller said mediation would begin on a Tuesday. Subsequently Fuller would only say, "I signed a confidentiality agreement." Mcklean has always said he'll speak about the situation when it's over.