Morgan also alleges that the town treasurer, under direction from the mayor, gave cash advances and made loan payments for town employees, including maintenance supervisor Tim Carver.
Walker's memo confirms these allegations.
"The payroll advances to Tim Carver and to Avery Toler were not appropriate. Also payroll advances to pay loans on behalf of employees to a lender, such as First Century Bank on behalf of Tim Carver, are not appropriate," Walker wrote.
Morgan alleges a pattern of vindictive and selective enforcement of town rules and ordinances by town officials.
He mentioned, specifically, a recent dispute over sewer fees. In that case, resident Joan Webster complained that the town was improperly ordering her to connect her property to the town's sewage system, and at her expense.
The town argued that since her property was next to town sewage lines, the government could force her to connect, as stipulated in state code.
However, the state Public Service Commission ruled in April that the town had made an unreasonable request. The commission wrote that the "property has a working sewer system that has not generated any complaints to the local health department."
The commission found that the town was asking Webster to install 375 feet of pipe at an estimated cost of $20,000.
In ruling against the town, commissioners cited state code, reading, "Public utilities in this state are prohibited from unjust, unreasonable, insufficient or discriminatory acts or practices."
In her memo, town attorney Walker also wrote about seeing a large group of town employees idling around outside City Hall during the middle of the day.
"There appears to be no one there to tell them what to do or to tell them to work," Walker wrote. "Perhaps they had a legitimate reason to be standing there. However, it seems strange to me that our employees are standing holding the wall up at City Hall when private citizens are in the park constructing playground equipment."
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