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Dispute Over $450,000 Energy Audit Delays Mount Vernon Deal

Mount Vernon Council President Marcus Griffith
Mount Vernon Council President Marcus Griffith Photo Credit: Daily Voice

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Concerns over who should pay for a $450,000 energy audit has stalled a $3.1 million contract with a former Mount Vernon official to replace the city's street lights, according to lohud.com.

The audit was part of a contract with Sentinel Technology Services International, a company owned by Terrence Horton, a former commissioner. Now the city is sayings Horton also needs to secure a performance bond before funding would be provided, reported lohud.com.

Mount Vernon City Council President Marcus Griffith added that the monies, from Capital One, would not be released until the new lighting was installed and that the city should not have to pay for the needed audit, said lohud.com.

Horton's lawyer, Percival Clarke, feels the city is wrong and the audit should be paid for with the loan and that no performance bond is required for the work, added lohud.com.

Other issues also effect the project on Horton's behalf, including unpaid taxes to the city, said lohud.com.

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