Legal fees soar for the city in 2013

The $300,000 paid for legal fees in 2013 by the City of Williams Lake is not at a level the city hopes to see continued in 2014, said Mayor Kerry Cook.

“2013 was an unusual year,” Cook told the Tribune Friday. “Negotiating the strike by city workers cost almost $100,000.”

Another $30,000 was expended when the city and the Cariboo Regional District negotiated the Williams Lake Rural Fire Protection agreements, Cook confirmed, while a “large portion” went toward city personnel issues, which Cook said she could not elaborate on.

A five-year comparison of 2013’s legal fees showed $109,645 was spent in 2012, $89,827 in 2011, $113,505 in 2010, $155,615 in 2009 and $72,896 in 2008.

The city also confirmed it has hired a consultant to do a workplace climate review of all city work sites.

Approval for hiring the consultant did not go through a council meeting and the city could not confirm if the consultant’s report would be made public because of privacy concerns.


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