Jeffco Commission Looks to Mediators

By: Patrick Claybon Email
By: Patrick Claybon Email

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Two special masters appointed to mediate
Jefferson County's sewer system debt case are getting mixed reviews
from commissioners.

Commission President Bettye Fine Collins said U.S. District Judge David Proctor should be commended for bringing together a balanced team.

But Commissioner Shelia Smoot was concerned that one of the two
appointees specializes in bankruptcy.

This week, Proctor appointed 62-year-old John Ames, a lawyer and bankruptcy expert at Greenebaum, Doll & McDonald in Louisville, Ky.; and 54-year-old John Young, divisional president of American Water Works Co. in Voorhees, N.J.

The two will investigate, make recommendations and mediate any dispute regarding the sewer system. They must submit their report Proctor by Jan. 19.

The county is struggling to avoid bankruptcy because it can't afford to make payments on bonds that were used to pay for years of work on its sewers.

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