10:00AM Talked to the mayor about it. Kilpatrick said that Inland's payment was not going to move forward until Ferguson was paid. Specifically, that he would hold the amendment until Inland situation with Ferguson was resolved. 

Miller talked to Victor Mercado but there wasn't much Mercado could do about the dispute between contractors. Mercado expressed concern that the mayor hadn't signed the amendment. 

Looking at an email from Bernard Parker with Insituform dated October 23rd 2005. Parker talks about how he talked to Kilpatrick who told him that Miller was looking into resolving the situation. Insituform had performed work on the sinkhole too and thus the amendment affected them too. Parker approached Miller and wanted to know what was happening with amendment. Miller told him he was working on it. 

Miller spoke to Yale Levin at Inland Waters and asked him what needed to happen in order for this to move forward. Levin said that Ferguson had been paid and that the additional money was for work that he did not perform. 

Talked to mayor about conversations with Levin. Told Kilpatrick that Levin indicated that Ferguson had been paid and that this was money being sought for work not done. Levin was concerned and indicated that Ferguson could be trouble for the mayor and he should stay away from him. Also told Kilpatrick that Inland was open to resolving the situation. 

Kilpatrick listened but said that Inland owed Ferguson money. Miller didn't typically get involved in contractor disputes. 

Miller recalls going to a later lunch meeting with Ferguson and Dennis Oszust of Inland. Ferguson asked him to attend the meeting at Mosaic restaurant in Greektown. Miller says they communicated via text and he showed up at the restaurant. Ferguson and Miller stepped away, had a conversation and Miller left. Ferguson didn't tell him what Miller's purpose at the meeting was. Miller understood that this was a meeting to resolve the issue and that Miller showing up was a sign of the administration's concern with the resolution of the issue. 

After the meeting, the amendment was authorized. 

Looking at the awarding of amendment #4 to contract 1368. December 23rd 2005 is when Kilpatrick signed off on the amendment in his capacity as Special Administrator over water contracts. 

In 2003, Miller went with Mercado, Ferguson, Dedan Milton, Kilpatick to Puerto Rico. Purpose of the trip was to have Mercado show them the acquaduct system in Puerto Rico. The trip was the mayor's idea as was inviting Ferguson. no other outside contractors were invited on the trip.

o. The trip was the mayor's idea as was inviting Ferguson. no other outside contractors were invited on the trip. 

Mayor told Miller that he wanted Ferguson and Mercado to have a good relationship and that potentially there might be opportunities abroad, in Puerto Rico, that might be made available to Ferguson. Mercado ran the water facility in Puerto Rico before arriving in Detroit. 

Miller says there was a period of time where Mercado complained about the combative nature of his relationship with Ferguson. Mercado was concerned that Ferguson was constantly on his case about work at the DWSD. Also said that request for change orders, emergency contracts were problematic for him.  

Mayor told Miller that he wanted Ferguson and Mercado to have a good relationship and that potentially there might be opportunities abroad, in Puerto Rico, that might be made available to Ferguson. Mercado ran the water facility in Puerto Rico before arriving in Detroit. 

Miller says there was a period of time where Mercado complained about the combative nature of his relationship with Ferguson. Mercado was concerned that Ferguson was constantly on his case about work at the DWSD. Also said that request for change orders, emergency contracts were problematic for him and he needed to be able to do his job but Ferguson was aggressive.

10:15AM Miller says that Kilpatrick would often meet Mercado in his office and they would discuss Ferguson's contracts. There would be times where the issue of change orders and emergency contracts for Ferguson would be raised. There were times when Mercado pushed back. 

Mercado told Miller that the mayor was on him about work for Ferguson. He felt that it was occurring too often for him and he was shaken by it. 

Talking about Lakeshore Engineering and $10 million sewer lining contract. Miller says Lakeshore had been awarded the $10 million contract, 1361. Miller says the contract was held by Mercado. Miller talked to the mayor about the contract. The first conversation about it was that Lakeshore was concerned that the contract was not awarded. Mercado told Miller that the contract was held and he expressed concern that the work needed to be performed but it was requested by the mayor that he hold the contract.

Miller says he had a series of conversations with the mayor about contract 1361. miller says he was contacted by Carolyn cheeks Kilpatrick's office to have a meeting with Tom Hardiman 

Text on May 2 2003 

Ferguson:Tom hardiman lakesure they called your mother office on us. zeke just called me. 

Mayor: Lol! 

Ferguson:

You got to talk to dedan and zeke this sh\t is funny about the sh*t the union and lakesure is saying. Hey I didn't know I would become the motherf^*$ing man of The real man 'kmk' 

Text on June 10 2003