Sewerage Commission Caps Audit Cost

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UNION COUNTY – The Rahway Valley Sewer Commission voted last week to limit the hours of an independent auditor hired to investigated a failed cogeneration plant project.

Jospeh Cipolla of the Franklin Lakes accounting firm Cipolla & Co. has billed the commission more than $1 million since being hired last year to help the commission’s arbitration case against contractors who endorsed a plan to build a $30 million cogeneration plant that will likely never open for economic issues.

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Cipolla’s work has produced a preliminary report showing that the plant, which had been designed to burn natural gas and methane produced through sewerage processing, was recommended by contractors who made mistakes in estimating fuel and manpower costs, as well as the sludge output of the sewerage treatment facility.

The audit will be limited to five more months, with a maximum monthly bill of $135,000.


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