That evening, in an emergency meeting, the City Council hired the law firm Young/Sommer LLC of Albany to defend the city. The cap on legal costs for Young/Sommer is $5,000. Keehn was the only council member to vote against hiring the firm. "Right now, the only thing being requested of the city is documents," she said. "Our city attorney can coordinate that effort. I am absolutely against DPW getting their own attorney in this case."
At the April 17 meeting of the City Council, Keehn aired concerns about approving more than $205,000 from the capital budget to hire Aztech Technologies for clean-up and equipment replacement of the spill at the Division Street garage. The funds include $95,000 for a modern floor-mounted lift system. The in-ground system that leaked the oil was more than 30 years old, according to Director of Public Works Bill McTygue.
Pick up a copy of The Saratoga Spotlight on Thursday, May 3, for an update to this story.