Sausage spending by public works employees deemed 'error in judgment' in Nashua
Although details of the meal spending have just been brought to light, Alderman-at-Large David Deane directly confronted Roy Sorenson, the city's former superintendent of the Streets Department, about the unusual meal expenses in May.
"No, no," replied Sorenson at the time, according to the text of the meeting minutes posted on the city's website.
Sorenson went on to explain that during long shifts when crews are away from their families and missing meals during a storm, he would feed them in a central location and generate a At the time, Deane agreed that the workers should be eating, but maintained the city shouldn't be buying lunch or dinner for employees.
"The system failed on multiple levels," acknowledged Lozeau. " … Every single one of those safeguards failed."
"It is an isolated incident from what we can tell," Lozeau told the committee on Tuesday, stressing all of the meal money — less than $10,000 in the city's overall budget — is frozen and can only be approved by a department director. She did note, however, that her office has since purchased coffee.