Deal struck without tender

District of Sooke signs five-year deal with legal firm

The District of Sooke and Lidstone and Company Law Corporation have entered into a five-year agreement that will see the district pay the legal firm $570,000 in fees. The agreement signed in-camera in September was done without going to public tender. In 2011 the district’s legal bills were approx. $13,000/month.

Evans stated that the legal bills of the municiplaity were high largely due to  citizens of Sooke challenging every move made by the district. She named names, including Mrs. Hall, Mrs. Lwers, Fred von Ilberg, Terrance Martin and Councillor Herb Haldane.

Evans is also asking the RCMP to investigate who might have leaked the contract information to the media.

Haldane said Evans was pointing the finger at the exposer rather than the issue. “I didn’t leak anything out,” he stated.