Union Bridge council will try again to resolve clerk-treasurer's status

November 13, 1995

Union Bridge Town Council is expected to try again this week to decide whether to retain Clerk-Treasurer Kathleen D. Kreimer, who is on an indefinite leave of absence from the job she has held for 21 years.

An audit of town water bills by the Gettysburg, Pa., accounting firm of Musselman and Creager has revealed no criminal wrongdoing. But town officials say they are concerned that Ms. Kreimer apparently estimated water bills for many residents when their water meters were not working -- sometimes for years.

Mayor Perry L. Jones said Friday that state police plan no further investigation. "They found no wrongdoing in any accounts," Mr. Jones said.

A special Town Council meeting last week ended in deadlock over Mrs. Kreimer's status and over some residents' requests for an audit by an accountant without ties to the town, Mr. Jones said.

Musselman and Creager is the accounting firm that prepares Union Bridge's monthly financial statement and audits its books annually.

Mrs. Kreimer agreed to go on leave Oct. 26. She told town officials she had been reading meters to help her husband, Joe Kreimer, who had a contract to operate the town's water system. As town clerk, she sent estimated bills to customers whose meters were stuck, in one case for 14 years.

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