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Commission delays Heery contract extension

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The Augusta Commission voted unanimously Tuesday against granting construction management firm Heery International and two subconsultants a two-year contract extension, instead referring the matter to a committee meeting.

The firm has been paid $9.5 million in fees since coming aboard a decade ago.

With a built-in 4 percent annual increase, it has billed the city more than $200 an hour for the work of several staff members while plying some commissioners and city staff with campaign contributions and visits to Heery’s box at the Georgia Dome for Atlanta Falcons football games.

Commissioner Marion Williams raised the issue at an earlier meeting of an ethics subcommittee tasked with studying how to handle commissioner conflicts of interest.

Williams called for two commissioners who had received Heery’s gifts to recuse themselves from the ethics committee, but they refused. The subcommittee did not discuss the ethical issues connected to Heery.

After the subcommittee meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Corey Johnson and mayoral hopeful and Commissioner Alvin Mason defended their receipt of Falcons and Braves tickets from Heery, and their use of Heery contributions to sponsor district breakfasts and other events, as perfectly legal activities.

Butch Gallop, a longtime Heery subconsultant, said the group was prepared to address any concerns about their contract during a committee meeting Monday.

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nocnoc 06/05/13 - 06:20 am
I hope the ARC Commission

I hope the ARC Commission keeps in mind this a firm that has been repeatedly sued by a large and growing numbers of Local governments for billing , charging and management practices .

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Channel 2 Action News found that a number of private and public lawsuits across the country, including school systems, besides the $15.5m Atlanta's DeKalb lawsuit. PLUS there are a number of local governments in Arizona, Massachusetts, Texas and Maryland, with lawsuits and claims against Heery International for suspicious billing practices and "gifts" to elected officials and more.

Not surprisingly "someone" even went so far as to put up a website defending Heery, and then pumped up the viewing numbers so Google lists it near the top.

In the Atlanta's DeKalb case the Herry International presented a Statue of Limitations Defense, they did not argue that the crime did not occur.

How is it this company gives out "GIFTS" ARC Commissioners and we are not hearing certain Commissioner screaming ETHIC's?

Could it be those Commissioners are the ones accepted "GIFTS" from this contracted vendor, whose contract was coming up for renewal?

It was published in the AC the other day, at least one commissioner even accepted $,$$$ as a Campaign contribution in a NON_Election year?

In my opinion, it is time to go back to the street and RFP this Scope of Work. Get other bidders in and also likely get better services pricing.

10+ years is too long for any vendor to be a sole source vendor for a Government. Especially if the Vendor isn't even local company according to their own Website locations map. As of 06-04-13 6:10 am

GnipGnop 06/05/13 - 07:28 am
Augusta politics...

Who is surprised????

Riverman1 06/05/13 - 07:47 am
Reminds Me of a Movie Scene

No one wants to wake up with their horse’s head in the bed with them.

Watermedic 06/06/13 - 08:17 am

If it were private buisness, there would be nothing wrong.

However since it is government buisness, totally against the rules.

Wake up Augusta!! I am willing to bet that all of the "free" tickets and contributions were paid for by your taxes!!

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