Sources have told us that the Barker School District has fired the high priced attorneys they imported from Syracuse to fight the AES PILOT agreement. This could mean that the Barker School District knows they are going to lose the case and are tired of flushing hundreds of thousands of dollars down the toilet on lawyers fees.
Of course, the Barker School District's regular law is the infamous Andrews, Pusateri, Brandt, Shoemaker & Roberson gang...the same ones who have been bilking the Town of Somerset right along. Maybe the Barker folks thought if we're going to piss away tax dollars on an appeal, may as well do it with a local firm.
Plus, I imagine Ed Shoemaker could use a few extra taxpayer dollars in his pocket with the holidays coming up.
Seriously, with the county apparently rejecting the idea of appealing and this move by Barker, plus the election results which show no public outcry about the PILOT, maybe this saga is coming to a merciful end.
And while we're on Barker, has anyone else heard that former Barker Superintendent Steve LaRock, who whined poverty during the PILOT discussions, is on the Barker payroll as a $500 a day consultant? It's good work if you can get it.