Spring Valley Payment Dispute

The Spring Valley board is disputing over who will pay a private law firm that was hired in February by Trustees Vilair Fonvil, Emilia White, and Asher Grossman as a consultant. The firm Feerick Lynch MaCartney PLLC, submitted a bill for $14,509, most recently with a letter to Mayor Demeza Delhomme stating that part of the cost is for his attempt to remove Fonvil from his position and Delhomme stated that he will not pay it because he did not support hiring the firm in the first place. Delhomme stated, “I want a judge to tell me I must pay Lynch. I’m not going to give them a dime. It’s going to take the United States Supreme Court.” The vote to hire the firm took place in February when the three trustees decided they needed council after the village’s lawyers blocked twelve resolutions that would have changed some of the mayor’s actions. The mayor and Trustee Anthony Leon opted to leave the meeting early, missing the vote. Village Attorney Jerrod Miles represented Delhomme when the mayor tried to remove Fonvil, and Lynch represented Fonvil. Miles stated that he can’t take sides in the disagreement of payment because he initially represents the entire village board and so cannot go against his clients.

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