HAZLETON, Pa. -- On Sunday, we began covering the legal conflict between Mayor Jeff Cusat and a freelance toy-maker from Washington D.C., Mr. Lee Woods.
In January, Woods agreed to build 100 mini toy models of the Hazleton Police cruisers, in which Cusat originally planned to auction off at a fundraising event in the late-winter/early-spring time.
Woods was paid $2,200 to work on the project through Jeff Cusat's 501c3 non profit organization that the Mayor created to raise money for parks, playgrounds, and other local needs.
But the toy-maker argues that he wasn't able to meet Cusat's initial set deadline in March because he wasn't sent the correct pictures of the Hazleton Police cruiser's new markings.
Woods says that in order for him to have had the decals made, he needed specific angle shots of the actual police cruisers from Cusat; and according to Woods, he's been telling the Mayor this for months but had no luck with getting them photos.
According to Cusat, however, Woods didn't say anything about the vector photos being incorrect until June.
Nonetheless, Woods eventually was able to find a vector artist to make them decal stickers.
When Woods told Cusat the models wouldn't be finished in time, both parties then agreed on a new deadline date for July - but again Woods wasn't able to meet the deadline
When the Hazleton Headlines spoked to Cusat on the phone, the Mayor told us that at this point, all he wants are the blank car models and the decal stickers so he could assemble them himself in time to action them off at FunFest in September.
But Woods claims it'd cost too much to ship out the blank car models and the decal stickers.
However, one could assume that it wouldn't cost anymore than the cost to ship out the finished products.
It can be argued that Woods might not have the funds from what Cusat paid him to ship out the products.
The Mayor, however, believes that Woods doesn't have inventory of the 100 car models.
As of this writing, it remains unseen if Cusat will actually purse legal action.
The Hazleton Headlines will continue to follow this developing story as more information is made available to us.