Lawsuit says city delayed records

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The demolition company battling the city of Augusta on two legal fronts initiated a third Wednesday.

This time, Thompson Building Wrecking Co. has filed a petition for mandamus in Richmond County Superior Court. The legal action seeks a court order to force the city to do what Thompson contends is the city's legal obligation: honor an Open Records Act request.

On March 20, the demolition company filed a request to review city documents about the bids for 42 business contracts.

Specifically, the company asked to review the prices of all bidders for the individual projects, including the prices of those who were rejected, and the evaluation forms used to score the bidders on each project.

According to the petition attorney Robert A. Mullins filed for Thompson, all of the city's procurement department documentation is public record.

A public entity has three days to comply with an Open Records Act request, according to Georgia statute.

The legal petition contends the city had not responded to the Open Records Act request after seven days.

A lawsuit represents only one side of a dispute. The city will have 30 days to respond.

Thompson already has lawsuits against the city pending in Richmond County Superior Court and in U.S. District Court.

In each lawsuit, the company alleges the city's bidding process is arbitrary to the point of infringing on the rights of businesses to fairly compete for the city's contracts. Three other companies joined Thompson in the federal lawsuit.

A federal court order is in place that prohibits the city from using race as a factor in determining who should win any bids.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.

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kudzo-n-roses
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kudzo-n-roses 03/29/07 - 04:57 am
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AMEN !!!! marion your racist

AMEN !!!! marion your racist attitude in regard to bids and hiring for city contracts is gonna cost Augusta a fortune...idiot !!

LaTwon
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LaTwon 03/29/07 - 10:50 am
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the records of marion

the records of marion williams' 501c3 are public record also. those are the ones i would like to see. his church should be audited and all donations examined.

jack
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jack 03/29/07 - 11:04 am
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I do hope Augusta gets it

I do hope Augusta gets it jammed to them this time. It is way over due.

intheknow
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intheknow 03/29/07 - 11:24 am
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The only thing need jamming

The only thing need jamming is this Thompson company. Why dont they release all of their records to the public?

intheknow
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intheknow 03/29/07 - 11:26 am
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By the way how is Marion

By the way how is Marion Williams at fault? I thought it took at least 6 votes to pass anything? Lets ask Thompson to open its records to the public.

Reality
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Reality 03/29/07 - 12:23 pm
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I would be interested to see

I would be interested to see who the City has contracted with. Thompson Wrecking Company is opening up a can of worms, for the best or worst I don't know yet.

Dedicated
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Dedicated 03/29/07 - 03:55 pm
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Thompson is a private

Thompson is a private company. No requirement for them to be open.

Truckguy
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Truckguy 03/29/07 - 04:03 pm
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I'm glad somebody finally

I'm glad somebody finally stood up to the Knuckleheads that run bidding process. This is long overdue.

buggay
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buggay 03/29/07 - 04:28 pm
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Thompson Wrecking Company is

Thompson Wrecking Company is not spending or controlling the City of Augusta's money so why the need to see their records?

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