Councilman Berry asked at the CCM on August 9 if the administration ever looks at the rates the city is being charged by the many law firms that the city has working for it.. Corporation council said that the Mayor and his self looked at the rates back in 2006 and that all of the law firms working for the city are not charging the city their going rate.. That I would say is a true statement you can look at the last invoice for CMDA (Cummings, McClory, Davis, Acho) A senior Partner is charging the same rate as an Associate $135.00 an hour. I think the question should be how can we use the lawyers less? The rate we are being charged is not the problem it is the reason we have to use them in the first place.
Take this for example, on the last invoice for CMDA there are 22 charges relating to the Fire Fighters contract and Mediation. A contract that has been negotiated for over a year what went wrong in these negotiations that ended in having to go to Mediation? Is it any big surprise that the Fire Fighters would want what the Police Officers received? When you are going to do negotiating with Unions in the city and you give everything to one Union and then want to come and “stick it” to the rest of the Unions in the city. Is it any big surprise that they say “NO.” Not sure who was the author of this great plan, but it is a failure. You can not give everything to some and then turn around and expect others to take less or get nothing at all except threats. If this contract was handled in the right way to begin with we might have 22 less charges on one invoice. Sure there must be other instances when the lawyers were called when they might not have to have been..