In 2003, the County undertook a sewer extension project to service a large area in and around the Eaton Cross Roads community. The engineer contracted by the County to supervise and manage the project was Mike Callahan owner of CE DESIGNERS INC. Mr. Callahan contracted fee was $88,500.00 to engineer and over see the project. Unbeknown to the Commission, Mr. Callahan requested and received an additional $15,000.00 for his services bringing his whole take in the project to nearly $103,500.00. The actual construction project ultimately ran $100,000.00 plus, over budget and ten months behind schedule.

Unbelievably, Mr. Callahan had the gall to bill the County for an additional $6,172.20. I got involved with this project at this point and exposed massive mismanagement of the entire project. Needless to say, Mr. Callahan is not a big fan of mine. Mr. Callahan was also the engineer on the Eaton Forest sewer project. The County has so far had to pay out more than $16,000.00 in settlements to property owners whose property did not receive a sewer tap as required in the contract.

Recently Mr. Callahan re-billed the County for $6,172.20, the amount he feels the County owes him. What do you think?

Below is the letter Mr. Callahan sent the County. I am the thorn.