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News IG Glenn A. Cunha Wrote to the Plymouth County Commissioners regarding the Plymouth County Dredge Program

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) reviewed Plymouth County's purchase of excavating equipment and its use and benefit to County communities.
11/25/2019
  • Office of the Inspector General

Media Contact for IG Glenn A. Cunha Wrote to the Plymouth County Commissioners regarding the Plymouth County Dredge Program

Jack Meyers

The OIG reviewed Plymouth County’s creation of a dredge program, including its purchase of a $212,000 excavator in 2015. The OIG found that the Plymouth County Dredge Program has been unsuccessful. The County did not adequately plan the program and did not secure the funding needed to hire staff and buy necessary equipment, which resulted in the excavator sitting unused for four years.

The OIG found that while the County intended to fund the program by collecting fees from participating communities, the County did not have a written funding agreement in place before purchasing the excavator.  In its letter, the OIG recommended that the County determine whether further investments would result in a successful program. However, absent written funding commitments from Plymouth County communities and the acquisition of necessary equipment and staff, the County should consider surplussing the excavator and ending the program.

OIG Letter to Plymouth County Commissioners Regarding the Plymouth County Dredge Program, November 2019

Media Contact for IG Glenn A. Cunha Wrote to the Plymouth County Commissioners regarding the Plymouth County Dredge Program

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The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is an independent agency that prevents and detects fraud, waste and abuse of public funds and public property and promotes transparency in government.
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