"The problems with the water projects did not recently appear," says Henryetta city manager Raymond Eldridge.
"The issues Councilman Cole mentioned at the June 19 council meeting were brought to light when they were first discovered. Nothing has been hidden from the public, nor has anything been covered up.
"We discussed each issue and possible solution every month as well as including legal counsel to cover our interests. Each month we have held a construction meeting with the engineers, contractors, water superintendent, and ODEQ Project Manager and myself to discuss these problems."
Eldridge went on to say a camera was purchased for the water superintendent at the beginning of the project and a second camera was purchased along the way to continue documentation. Jeff Tedlock and Ron Casey, the Water Superintrendent and Chief Operator, have documented each and every day of the construction.
"Every mistake, every failure, everything that has happened, has been documented. I personally spent numerous hours at the various job sites keeping tabs on the process and raising red flags. We have been here for the citizens and protecting their interests.
"As we proceed, the attorney we hired will facilitate the hiring of a third party engineering firm. These engineers will review all of the documentation, perform testing and project reviews and reccommend a direction after they complete their work.
"The attorney will present that to Council and handle any litigation which may be required. The citizens will get what they have paid for and we have the EPA, OWRB and ODEQ in our corner as we move forward. The water system is already improved and we can see a significant difference in water quality. We want to ensure that it will last at least 20 years as it was engineered."