By Jill Terreri
The disagreement between the city and Brand-On Services over what the company owes under its contract to operate the Erie Basin Marina continues, and a deadline is looming.
Tomorrow is the deadline for Brand-On to pay its invoice with the city, for $343,245. The company, run by the Wolasz family, has disputed that amount, and said it only owes $27,412. A meeting last week between the parties did not resolve the matter.
The Common Council has urged that a compromise be reached, but that has not happened yet. Legal action by the city to recover the funds is possible.
Meanwhile, the Department of Public Works is bidding out the contract for a new vendor to operate it in 2014.
Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder's office found that the company had deducted rent payments that were not allowed under the contract, as well as other irregularities, in a recent audit. A lawyer for Brand-On, Mark Carney, has said that the company had agreements with city personnel to perform maintenance work and deduct the cost from its rent, and that the work was performed at the direction of the city. The comptroller insists that the contract can only be modified by the Common Council, and cannot be amended by an agreement with City Hall staff.
In a letter to Rene Wolasz, Brand-On president, Schroeder scolds her husband, Michael Wolasz, who was a city employee until 2012, for conducting marina work on his city email account at a time when he was working for the city, according to his city timesheet, which the comptroller's office reviewed. The letter was also sent to the city's top lawyer, Tim Ball.
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