Temple also failed to give an adequate explanation for why a contractor was paid $9,500 in cash and allowed to take unused topsoil in payment for his work. Temple never explained why the contractor wasn't simply paid in cash. He also failed to provide an adequate explanation of how the soil's value was determined and who made that determination.
Most important of all, Temple has said that "nobody in town made a deal for dirt." But the signed
agreement between the contractor and the town make it clear that the contractor
was allowed to take unused topsoil. That sounds like a deal for dirt. Temple
needs to explain this discrepancy to the voters.