County to RMC: Check's Not In the Mail
January 25, 2012
Looks like Monterey County won't be RMC Water and Environment's sugar daddy anymore.
RMC is claiming roughly $700,000 in unpaid bills for consulting work done in the now-defunct Regional Desalination Project, but the county won't sign off on that expense. At least not yet.
On Jan. 10, the County Board of Supervisors stalled a decision to raise the cap on a Cal Am line of credit that would free up the money to pay RMC. The agenda item was supposed to return to the supes Jan. 24, but the Monterey County Water Resources Agency asked for it to be pulled.
MCWRA interim boss David Chardovayne noted an “uncertain way forward” with the Regional Project in light of an invalidated project EIR, Cal Am’s withdrawal of support for the $400 million project, and the Jan. 20 closure of Cal Am’s line of credit.
RMC is demanding payment anyway, claiming the $700,000 tab excludes all work done by former MCWRA Director Steve Collins, who is facing conflict-of-interest charges.
Cal Am and the county are hashing out how to handle the remaining RMC bills, Chardovayne told the supes on Tuesday.