Weed out conflicts early

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Let’s assume the city of Augusta and its commissioners want to do the right thing – a large assumption, but a good starting point.

The department handling contracts between the city and vendors certainly has a list of “unapproved vendors” – those whose bids are not accepted for various reasons, such poor performance in the past, lack of a bond or something along these lines. Why can’t this department be given the names of businesses in which a commissioner has part or full ownership and, when this firm submits a bid, it is politely rejected as being contrary to existing city ordinances?

This assumes the commissioners really want this to happen, and are not exerting undue influence to the contrary behind the scenes.

I wonder why Augusta Commissioner Grady Smith wanted to revise the city’s conflict-of-interest policy to allow commissioners and employees to bid on projects and do business with the city. His firm seemed to be doing quite well with the policy that’s in place now.

Bill Trammell

Evans

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Young Fred
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Young Fred 03/07/13 - 03:43 am
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Your question is pretty

Your question is pretty simple.

“They don't care”

chascushman
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chascushman 03/07/13 - 07:58 am
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Bill, Augusta is typical of a
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Bill, Augusta is typical of a city when democrats are in charge. Detroit is a good example. I am not a republican but take a good look at what the democrats are doing to this country. Bush made a lot of mistakes after 9/11 but was nothing compared to the evil we have now.

deestafford
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deestafford 03/07/13 - 08:16 am
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Now, Now

Let's don't confuse the beauracracy by asking for common sense.

tom31510
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tom31510 03/07/13 - 08:27 am
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Elected officials

Running a city government is very much like running a business. Running a business is not easy; experience is a very good teacher. Many elected officials are elected for their popularity with the electorate rather than their experience in the job they will be doing. When they have to get their experience after they are on the job, bad decisions will be made. City council seems to be divided along lines of past experience in the business world. Just saying.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/07/13 - 09:12 am
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Running a government body is nothing like running
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a business. Ask the politicos. Businesses must succeed to remain viable. Governments simple tax their way out of incompetence. Years of service, seniority, are vastly different in the business world. Politicos learn in the first couple of months that they can do nothing productive and resolve themselves to just get reelected. A good business manager eliminates his job by delegating responsibilities and moves up the corporate ladder.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/07/13 - 04:29 pm
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The Procurement Office

The Procurement Office doesn't really want too many hard and fast rules as to how and to whom they hand out contracts. Might be inconvenient sometime in the future when it when they want to follow their other agenda.

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Darby 03/07/13 - 05:48 pm
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Sorry, I just can't get.....

past, "want to do the right thing..."

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