The town of Westport Island, Maine, contends that a letter at the center of a lawsuit brought by a surety is invalid. The surety says the town was supposed to pay it $250,000 but instead made that payment directly to a contractor. The town seemed to agree to make the payment to the surety in a 2009 letter that was signed by a selectman, according to this article. The official, however, was not authorized to sign the letter, the town's attorney has said.

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