Light factory manager under fire for unauthorized expenses

0

DOVER – The city council asks mayor Richard Homrighausen to dismiss the director of the municipal power station in Dover.

The call came on Monday at a Committee of the Whole Board meeting where members learned that Superintendent Dave Filippi allegedly approved spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to repair two generators without permission from the board.

The meeting was called to discuss $ 350,000 in cost overruns for repairs to the light plant following the annual shutdown last summer.

Dover:Dover council to investigate $ 350,000 cost overruns at light plant

Filippi was invited to attend the meeting but did not attend. Deputy Superintendent Jason Hall attended in his place to answer questions from council.

Break overtaking

One of the cost overruns was $ 199,350 for Sulzer Turbo in Houston. Hall said the city hired Sulzer to inspect the plant’s steam turbine, which was built in 1967. The turbine was shipped to Texas, where the company encountered numerous problems. The cost overrun was for labor and the cost of returning it to Dover.

“The work was authorized by Dave Filippi by signing a letter to provide services without having the authority to enter into such an agreement and allowed the work to continue without sufficient funds being encumbered to carry out the project. Said Auditor Nicole Stoldt.

She said it was a violation of the Ohio Revised Code.

Council Chairman Shane Gunnoe then asked Hall about two other projects for the light power plant.

Gunnoe said he learned through a public registration application that the city was paying Orbital Energy Services in Illinois to test and inspect a 7.5 megawatt turbine that has not been used at the power plant since. 1998. This was done without the permission or consent of the council.

When questioned, Hall said the turbine had been in Illinois for several years. He didn’t know how much had been spent on the work, but the city pays one or two purchase orders a year for $ 20,000 or $ 25,000.

Gunnoe said he had seen all of the purchase orders since 2018, and they were in the order of $ 100,000.

“Has the board already been informed? Gunnoe asked Hall.

“No, sir,” Hall replied.

Homrighausen added: “This was not authorized by me.”

Gunnoe then asked Hall about work in progress on a turbine that Dover purchased from the city of Shelby, Ohio, in 2016. Gunnoe said he recently learned that the turbine, which was never used, had been shipped to Texas for the early stages of rebuilding without council consent.

Hall said Dover owed nearly $ 183,000 for work done on the turbine so far.

“Who authorized the shipment to Texas?” Asked City Councilor Sandy Moss.

“Not me. That would be the guy on top of me, the superintendent,” Hall replied.

Gunnoe said Dover owed more than $ 350,000 for cost overruns. He actually owes nearly $ 750,000 for the work at the light plant.

“If someone spent their employer’s money without authorization in another location for an amount of $ 550,000 or $ 750,000, what would happen? He asked Hall.

“They probably wouldn’t be employed,” Hall said.

Gunnoe then asked Hall if he thought Filippi should be fired.

Hall defended the superintendent, claiming that Filippi had given his heart and soul to the luminous plant.

“This power station, and I’m not trying to demean a former superintendent or assistant who once worked there, this power station has never worked as well as it has now,” he said. declared.

“I give Dave Filippi a lot of credit for his foresight, hard work and what he put into it. It cost money. Even though we weren’t sitting here talking about this situation , it costs money to manage this power plant. “

Dover:Dover light factory superintendent apparently takes post in West Virginia

Departure of the superintendent

The TR reported that Filippi had apparently accepted a job at Mountain State Carbon in Follansbee, W.Va., a company that produces coke for steelmaking.

“Who’s in charge of the light factory now?” City Councilor Kevin Korns asked.

Homrighausen said Hall is. Hall added that Filippi had told him he would be on vacation until the end of the year.

Moss acknowledged that Filippi has done a lot for the light power plant, but said city council also needs to think about what this is costing taxpayers. She then asked Homrighausen to fire the superintendent.

Several other council members echoed his call.

Stoldt asked Homrighausen for his take on the situation.

“It has been a problem, but I cannot face it unless I know about it,” the mayor said.

Moss then asked Homrighausen what he thought about Filippi’s sacking.

“I’ll have to think about it,” replied the mayor.

Share.

Comments are closed.