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I am very happy to see this plan for the future of the area I live in put in force. I was fortunate to have attended some of the meetings and the evolution of the plan that has been put into place was good to see. I'm looking forward to the first nice sit-down restaurant that decides to plan their future in this overlay as well as other developments that will add to our sense of community here.
Great investigative reporting. We are fortunate to have this resource. Durden is not the only one asking why the special meeting.. and let's add why cancel the regular meeting? Supposedly, this vendor did not have spraying in their contract. They do not have a license to spray chemicals, according to the state agency that licenses this. Not a surprise, since they didn't have a business license either. Why do we have contracts with specific amounts if there is no intention of holding to those amounts? Somebody tell me what we have a County Manager for and how are they called to account for "managing" or not managing? Good for Commissioner Shultz and her response with the detail that shows she was doing her job. Now, when are we going to get into the detail of the recycling contracts and other contracts that may have gone on and on without bidding? Lots of work ahead for our BOC. Seems like there is plenty to do and no need to cancel meetings again.
First I felt sick then I was sad. So very sad. Perhaps the BOC will find the bid un-ethical, as it is, and take the Oconee bid. Too much to hope, I suppose. Maybe this is why there is no BOC meeting this week, hoping the public has a short memory about this issue and others. Again, SAD. Even if it costs the county, and Craig makes more money, I hope Oconee sues. My hope is that they will prevail.
Does this mean that there isn't going to be a regularly scheduled BOC meeting on March 5th? Why did they call a special meeting this week instead of covering the Lawn Contract during a regulary called meeting? If there's no meeting, the 2/5/13 minutes will still not be approved, they can't distribute any checks or can they, and the topic of fixing our roads is still not going to be addressed. This last item was something Chairman Ellis said was a priority for him. Then there is the matter of the scrap metal contract and the pending ruling by the attorney if a vendor can bid "2% better than other bidders." Last meeting there were items not on the agenda added in the meeting. The meeting before that the BOC went into executive session and stated that afterward they would come back out and vote on a couple more issues, items not on the agenda. So far, this New BOC Team is getting a Failing Grade. Are their laws/rules that the BOC is breaking? Wonder if Attorney Craig knows the answer to this question.
I am confused by the answer given by the County Manager to Commissioner Douglas when he asked about Durden's 1099 showing they were paid more in 2007 than was on the purchase order. The reply was that there may have been more services rendered such as pinestraw. When Commissioner Douglas looked at the papers in his possession, he noted a PO in early 2008 for pinestraw.I am hoping that Mr. Middleton mis-spoke as it would not be proper anywhere else to pay a vendor or even receive services from a vendor without a PO. Perhaps when the Newton Citizen gets a chance to review those same or other documents this can be cleared up. If not, this is another opportunity for improvement. This is not a new enterprise, the service contracts should be written to include all the services needed or we should go without, unless it's some sort of emergency.
Now that the BOC has decided it's a good idea to put the lawn care contract out to bid, will they now continue on their path to redemption by putting the recycling contract out to bid as well?
We also need the citizens of Newton County to attend the BOC meetings and use the time appointed at the beginning of the meeting (3 minutes per person) to address the BOC with their thoughts and concerns. I am shocked at how few, some meetings nobody, take(s) advantage of this opportunity to share what's on their mind(s) and give the BOC members their "report card." Perhaps people don't know this is open to them?
From Newton Citizen Facebook: The BOC has called a special meeting for 7 p.m. Tuesday night related to the lawncare contract. It will be held at the Historic Courthouse on the Square.
I, too, don't understand why the vote wasn't tabled instead of voted upon. 2% better than the other companies is not an "amount' and under normal circumstances would be thrown out as an inappropriate response. Otherwise all future bid responses should just say "better than the other companies" and how could a decision be made? Oconee won this bid and should be given the award. The time-length of the pricing should have been well defined in the bid, another sign that the process is broken. Was this a Request for Proposal or a Request for Quote? If it wasn't a RFQ, why not? The Newton County bid processes need guidelines on when to use RFP and RFQ in such a way as to not have muddy waters like this bid. I also don't understand why Maddox wouldn't give the name of the owner of the business, what was that about? Certainly he knew this information is readily available. Or, is there something hidden in this ownership, some sort of informal internal agreement of ownership? Why did Jason decline to comment? Very sad.
Our Newton County BOC need not re-invent the wheel. In fact, if they vary much from the GPM, they leave themselves open to continued criticism and scrutiny.
Given the County Manager's recent recommendation to accept a bid without a price, he is not qualified to make decisions on the behalf of the county, at least until he gets some more training.
The Georgia Procurement Manual is online at: http://pur.doas.ga.gov/gpm/MyWebHelp/GPM_Main_File.htm
It covers the following topics:
Introduction and General Overview
Chapter 1: Stage 1 - Need Identification
Chapter 2: Stage 2 - Pre-Solicitation
Chapter 3: Stage 3 - Solicitation Preparation
Chapter 4: Stage 4 - Solicitation
Chapter 5: Stage 5 - Evaluation Process
Chapter 6: Stage 6 - Award Process
Chapter 7: Stage 7 - Contract Process
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