EagleHerald Staff Writer
PESHTIGO—The Town of Peshtigo Town Board approved Wednesday a motion to continue discussions with the Grant & Eisenhofer (G&E) law firm regarding the firm’s possible role as a legal representative of the town and participant in investigations related to the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) contamination in the area.
The decision follows interviews with three environmental law firms including G&E that the town facilitated over the past two weeks. In addition to G&E, headquartered in Delaware, the town interviewed Attorney Tim Jacobson from Fitzpatrick, Skemp & Butler, LLC and Attorneys Matthew Flemming and Matthew Frank from Murphy Desmond S.C. Attorneys Kyle McGee and Jason Wilson represented G&E during the firm’s interview with the town.
“I think Grant & Eisenhofer is a solid choice all around,” Supervisor Kayla Furton said. “The firm has extensive experience with PFAS situations. Having that background and access to resources and specialists is rare considering that PFAS is considered to be an emerging contaminant.”
Chairperson Cindy Boyle and Supervisors Cynthia Bauer and Kirsten Edgar also voiced their preference for G&E.
Furton said the town will continue discussions with the firm regarding contract terms.
The town board also interviewed Wednesday representatives of Cedar Corp. and Strand Associates, Inc., two environmental engineering firms that are potential options for assisting the town in evaluating long-term drinking water solutions. A third firm that the town is considering—Robert E. Lee & Associates, Inc.—was not available to be interviewed at the Wednesday meeting.
In other action, the board:
• Approved Sept. 1 the final version of its reimbursement agreement with Johnson Controls, Inc.
• Announced Sept. 1 that the City of Peshtigo has acknowledged receipt of the Town of Peshtigo’s invitation for the city to attend the September water summit. City of Peshtigo Mayor Cathi Malke said she would be willing to meet with the town and other stakeholders at the summit but was advised to attend with a representative from the city’s law firm Davis & Kuelthau. Malke asked that the town reimburse the city for any incurred legal fees resulting from the summit.