Mayor hopes for quick settlement in Harrisburg incinerator lawsuit

Harrisburg

Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse hopes a lawsuit over the city’s trash incinerator does not go to court.

He hopes there’s a quick settlement so the city can speed up its recovery.

Papenfuse has long railed against the incinerator project that put the city $360 million in debt. He says he’s glad people will finally be held accountable.

The lawsuit filed by the state and city in Commonwealth Court alleges financial and law firms misled city officials which led to borrowing hundreds of millions of dollars to repair and retrofit the incinerator, which it sold in 2013.

Papenfuse says recouping any of that money will go a long way to helping the city get back on its feet.

“All that money can go into infrastructure and economic development,” he said. “It can go into all those things that were neglected when the city had so much debt that it could not invest.”

One of the law firms named in the suit, Eckert Seamans Cherin and Mellot, predicts it will be fully vindicated.

Chief executive Timothy Hudak pointed out in a statement Monday that all the money spent had to be approved by elected and appointed members of city and county government.

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