Business owner Greg Tuttle is at it again.
He spent the last two Baldwin Park City Council meetings accusing developer Robert Bisno of owning the city $286,526.01 in back payments.
“I guess maybe the council needs a little help on reading statements of financials for the city. Bisno left the city with $286,526.01 (in debt) … Did the city know about this? Oh yes they did, way back in May.”
Tuttle claims he has city documents proving that when Bisno pulled out of a proposed downtown redevelopment project last year, he failed to pay the city more than $200,000 in costs related to the project.
City officials were quick to contend the allegations Wednesday night, stating that Bisno actually owes money to a third-party consultant, not the city.
According to City Attorney Joseph Pannone, when the city signed the agreement with Bisno for the plan, it was clear that if money wasn’t received from Bisno, the city did not have to pay consultants involved in the project’s planning.
“The consultants would get paid only when the city gets paid,” Baldwin Park’s Chief Executive Officer Vijay Singhal said. “They have a claim against Bisno, not against the city.”
Singhal went on to say that, “as of today, we have not paid any taxpayer money or any city money in this project. We actually are holding deposits somewhere in the range of $8,000 or $9,000 to cover ay expenses that may come up.”