OMI loses city's waste water treatment contract

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009 3:11 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 11:38 PM
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OMI is out.

The Augusta Commission voted 8-2 today, commissioners Jerry Brigham and Don Grantham opposed, to award the contract for J.B. Messerly Waste­water Treat­ment Plant operations to Duluth, Ga.-based ESG Operations, Inc.

The contract is for a price not to exceed $5.3 million in the first year.

The move ousts current operator Operations Management International, a division of the city's water consultant CH2M Hill. OMI has operated the plant for the past decade and has been credited with alleviating the city's troubles with the state Environmental Protection Division.

To no avail, a representative of CH2M Hill/OMI petitioned the commission to allow the job to be re-bid, saying the company encountered irregularities and wasn't treated fairly. The company is already formally protesting the bid process.

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TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 11/17/09 - 05:55 pm
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They've proven themselves for

They've proven themselves for the past 10 years and now the contract goes elsewhere. Who gets what out of this deal? Would be interesting to find out.

justus4
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justus4 11/17/09 - 07:38 pm
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OMI have had a good run. They
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OMI have had a good run. They probably have gotten use to the money, along with inside knowledge, of the plant operations and now has lost the contract. The two "no" votes should be questioned if they have better ideas. There is something about this contract that's gonna land this decision in a legal procedings - just don't smell right...

jericojones
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jericojones 11/17/09 - 08:56 pm
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wanna bet it goes to a

wanna bet it goes to a "miniority" owned co for twice the price?

Emerydan
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Emerydan 11/17/09 - 09:36 pm
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OMI Find out Why.

OMI Find out Why.

KSManning
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KSManning 11/17/09 - 11:44 pm
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Finally the commission and

Finally the commission and procurement department seem to understand the concept of good business practices. Just because something has always been done one way doesn't mean it should always stay that way. OMI/CH2MHill got a taste of what its like to compete for their paycheck. Not the city's fault they got eliminated because they couldn't follow directions and fill out the proper paperwork.

FrogLegs
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FrogLegs 11/18/09 - 01:24 am
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More of our tax dollars are

More of our tax dollars are going to go down the toilet....just wait. I am sure OMI will not roll over and play dead. We haven't heard the last of this sham. PS You also may find it hard to believe, but several current commissioners are not that smart!

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 11/26/09 - 01:43 am
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No kidding.

No kidding.

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