Dispatches from government reporter Johnny Edwards

Bizzaro world revisited

At their last meeting Augusta commissioners quietly, on their consent agenda, awarded a $1.1 million contract to RCN Contracting Inc., to build the Fire Department administration building off Deans Bridge Road.

That does it for Stewart-Corbitt General Construction’s protest, which commissioners had heard the week before but didn’t act on. Vice President Todd Stewart said his company was the low bidder for the job by about $10,000, but the Procurement Department disqualified him because a notary public didn’t fill in the date line on some affidavits.

Commissioner Don Grantham said later that the board should talk about setting up guidelines on when it can override Procurement Director Geri Sams, specifically establishing what are “minor technicalities” that can be overlooked. That discussion hasn’t taken place yet.

Ms. Sams said no one wants to see such guidelines in place more than her. She pointed to a city ordinance that says she can’t waive “material conditions” and that requests to do so have to go before the commission. In Stewart-Corbitt’s case, the commission was at a loss on what it could legally do.

City Attorney Chiquita Johnson said guidelines could be set up by amending the Procurement code, but that would be tough right now because of all the pending litigation involving the department.

A lot of that litigation involves – guess what – allegations by low bidders that they were rejected over technicalities.

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SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 02/01/09 - 03:44 am
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Joe Bowls, Mayor A.S.A.P.

Joe Bowls, Mayor A.S.A.P.

scott-hudson
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scott-hudson 02/01/09 - 12:29 pm
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Johnny the ever intrepid

Johnny the ever intrepid reporter has sunk his teeth into the tail of an alligator...glad to see it.

scott-hudson
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scott-hudson 02/01/09 - 12:32 pm
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Johnny the ever intrepid

Johnny the ever intrepid reporter has sunk his teeth into the tail of an alligator...glad to see it.

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 02/01/09 - 01:36 pm
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I am cheerleeding Johnny

I am cheerleeding Johnny towards a Pulitzer. Remember you read it here first.

karmakills123
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karmakills123 02/02/09 - 07:06 am
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OH yes !!! Joe Bowls for

OH yes !!! Joe Bowls for Mayor !!!I have been saying this for over a year...methinks the man has a backbone!!

Johnny Edwards
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Johnny Edwards 02/02/09 - 11:51 am
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Thanks, guys. That's nice of

Thanks, guys. That's nice of you to say.

joebowles
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joebowles 02/02/09 - 12:43 pm
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Guys thanks for the kind

Guys thanks for the kind words, but it will be a very cold day in hell if I were to run for mayor. I like my family too much to put them through what the mayor has to do.

Johnny Edwards
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Johnny Edwards 02/02/09 - 03:58 pm
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Wouldn't you have less

Wouldn't you have less influence on policy as mayor than you do as a voting commissioner? When Bob Young resigned in 2005, Sylvia Cooper asked Don Grantham if he was interested in the job, and he replied, "Why would I want to step down and leave a vote that I have now ... ?" Of course, Deke Copenhaver has expanded the influence of the office, and while being mayor brings a lot of clout, don't you have more impact on the commission as a commissioner?

joebowles
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joebowles 02/02/09 - 03:38 pm
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Johnny, good point.

Johnny, good point.

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 02/02/09 - 10:20 pm
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Joe Augustas' Housing

Joe Augustas' Housing Authority needs some tweaking and accountability. We are anxious to see some changes made. There are problems of "clustering" sections 8 houses which creates a mini project atmosphere. This undoes what section 8 set out to do. Then there are the problems of section 8 drug houses. How many people on the board of directors have done or are doing business contracts with the Housing Authority? Shouldn't their be a policy against the board of directors of the housing Authority doing business with the Authority?

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