By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
At their regular September 4, 2018, meeting, the Mill Creek City Council unanimously approved an increase in the professional services contract set up to provide city attorney services. The not-to-exceed total contract amount is now $621,000 for 2016 through 2018.
This contract pays for City Attorney Scott Missall’s services as he is not a city employee.
City Manager Rebecca Polizzotto hired Missall for this roll after City Attorney Shane Moloney quit his job with the city in December 2015.
A review of Missall’s invoices obtained from a public information request shows that he is not the only one performing legal services under this contract. He has a number of attorneys and other staff to assist in his efforts.
The contract also provides reimbursement for expenses such as travel to city council meetings.
Missall’s bills to the city have increased significantly since 2016, when the cost for his services was approximately $80,000.
At the September 4th meeting Interim City Manager Bob Stowe told the city council that in 2017 the city spent about $240,000 for Missall’s legal services.
He went on to say that the estimated cost for these services is $300,000 in 2018.