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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Former Mitchell Mayor Terrell Questions National Water Company Invoices

MITCHELL - NOVEMBER 14, 2022 - During the Mitchell City Council meeting Monday night, former Mitchell Mayor Dan Terrell questioned the city council about the work performed and costs to the city from National Water Company, Paoli, Indiana.

Former Mitchell Mayor Dan Terrell questions invoices and work performed by National Water Company

Terrell asked the Mitchell City Council why there was over $483,406.51 in costs to the city over the last two years by the company. According to Terrell there was not any contracts or bid process for the amount of the work performed.

Copy of some of the invoices billed to the City of Mitchell by the National Water Company

Terrell told the council members they are currently seven water and sewer employees as wells as; equipment purchased to perform the work that is being conducted by the National Water Company.

In the invoices obtained by the Lawrence County Zephyr in 2021 National Water Company billed the City of Mitchell $239,488.32 and $243,918.29 in 2022. The work included inspecting lift stations, filter replacements and work at the city pool.

Some of the work performed was approved through ARPA funds, and as well as the Mitchell Board of Works. However, no contractual agreements were found when Mitchell Clerk-Treasurer Mark Bryant looked for the invoices, contracts, or details following Terrell's request.

Newly appointed Mayor Nathan Jenkins told Terrell he would be looking into the matter and will be able to respond to Terrell's questions at a later time.

Former Mitchell Mayor J.D. England has resigned as Mitchell Mayor to work for National Water Company.

" National Water Service has done work for Mitchell, they do a lot. They do a lot of work in communities in Indiana, and I believe 13 other states. I believe in their products and how they help other communities. And I wanted to be a part of that. I wanted to be a part of helping other communities and not just mime.," England told the Times Mail in a story following his announcement he was going to resign to work in the private sector.

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Nov 16, 2022

That is quite interesting. No bids, no contract, no records. And then he goes to work for that same company? I certainly hope somebody is looking into this because it sure sounds fishy. I’m not saying he did anything wrong. That is to be decided later

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