It has been some time now ( close to 5 months), since our Integrity Commissioner, Earl Basse has been investigating the complaint of Brian Hatch, which was levied against Mayor Bratina. Recently, Basse told our Publisher, Teresa DiFalco, that he expects to conclude and submit his report in mid May. We are very close to that target.
In accordance with a contract Mr. Basse has with the city, he is paid a $1,500.00 monthly retainer and an additional $150.00 per hour for inquiry services, including conducting investigations and preparing any required reports.
As we know, the matter that Basse is investigating has been fairly openly played out in the media. Video footage, emails, written materials and persumably interviews with the complaintant and the Mayor, and perhaps others, are all part of the essential components that Basse has examined to arrive at his conclusion.
The Hamiltonian has asked the city for the final invoiced amount in this matter (once it is known) so that Hamiltonians may know how much this has cost them to investigate. We will publish that figure once we receive it. In the interim, care to play the price is right? Without going over, how much do you think the investigation may end up costing us?
Note: This article should not be interpreted as any commentary with respect to the value of and need for Mr. Basse's work.