Somebody tasked me with finding out about David Ervin's new role with the PMUA. Checking the minutes online, I saw that the deal went down at the December 13 meeting, which I did not attend as I was on a self-imposed break.
So I made an OPRA request (which the inquirer could have done by him/herself) and received a copy of the resolution. It cites the ability of the authority to award a contract for the provision of "in-house specialized consulting services" and goes on to describe a contract with David Ervin of Inner-City Environmental LLC for a 12-month term at an amount not to exceed $17,500.
So there you have it. In my current confused state from being ill, I can't locate the pertinent comment, but as I recall, the writer took umbrage at Ervin's receiving extra money after he and the late Eric Watson received large settlements in 2012.
See Plaintalker's report on the settlement here.
The PMUA needs only three of five commissioners to approve actions.The vote on the new contract was recorded as Michelle Graham-Lyons, Henry V. Robinson and Charles W. Tyndale saying "yes" and Robin C. Bright and Carol Ann Brokaw saying "no." As an alternate, Pedro Estevez was present but not voting.
The make-up of the commission has changed since then, with Estevez now a full commissioner and Brokaw and Tyndale off the board.