The contracts include information on meetings in Atlanta, Boston and Washington, D.C.
Garry Petersen, senior economist at William-Lynn-James and project director of the power plant project the firm was hired to assist Logansport with, indicated that while an estimated timeline states these meetings already occurred, not all of them have.
“Some of it hasn’t,” he said. “I can’t discuss where we travel before it happens. After, we can.”
Petersen went on to call the contract “a living document.”
“It’s variable,” he said. “It gives us the latitude to shift direction. It moves around as the project moves around. [Franklin and LMU Superintendent Paul Hartman] can add and subtract things that will impact costs and performance.
“We always stay within the rule of law and we always stay within our scope. There is some travel. Under the expanded part of that contract, they went to Berlin and Toronto.”
Franklin confirmed the Atlanta meeting took place. He said he did not attend but that it was between the consultants and a possible vendor.
An estimated budget in the contract between the city and the firm for the negotiating phase of the project states $41,000 for special counsel will go to Brian Bosma, Indiana Speaker of the House and a partner at Kroger Gardis & Regas LLP, an Indianapolis law firm.
A request for comment from Bosma was returned by an email from Petersen with a citation of Indiana’s Rules of Professional Conduct, which guides attorneys. One of the rules states, “a lawyer shall not reveal information relating to the representation of a client unless the client gives informed consent.”
Petersen stated in the email that Bosma’s, along with the rest of the team members’ contracts, are between themselves and the firm, not themselves, the city and LMU.
Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him: @PharosMAK