No options on the table

The west side pool is just going to have to wait.

At the September 15, 2015 city council meeting our council rejected all seven bids for the construction and management of the west side pool.  The action was on the consent agenda and was passed with no discussion.

After getting the seven contractors to invest considerable time and money in developing the bids and getting to look at their prices, the city has decided that it should use a different purchasing method.  City staff is saying that this will save the taxpayers money.  That remains to be seen.

Council did not vote on approving the new purchasing method.  Our west side representative was absent and the other council members did not want to take action without him.

As it stands now city staff is telling us that they should be able to get through the new bidding process by May of next year.

Other than gasoline I don’t know of anything that is getting cheaper on a day to day basis.  We also need to consider what will happen to interest rates during the delay.  The eight month delay that they are proposing will probably cost us money in both materials and labor.

We deserve better


4 Responses to No options on the table

  1. Rodney Fender says:

    My suggestion – Don’t build it and use some of the public school pools that we have in the area – they belong to the taxpayers also.


  2. Our kids can always use the Housing Authority’s swimming pool at the Eastside Crossings complex on N. Zaragosa.


  3. Reality Checker says:

    Let me guess. The original bid information will probably be provided to new bidders and a friend of someone in city government will get the contract.

    This is just another screwed up quality of life bond project. Whose quality of life were city council the former city manager referring to when they started all of this?

    The city just hired two out of town law firms to acquire downtown real estate for quality of life projects. Why do we need expensive Dallas lawyers to buy property in our own backyard? One of the two firms just happens to have done LOTS of work for the City of Irving during the time that our current city manager was the Irving city manager.

    The legal fees for those two firms are just another couple of million dollars being directed to out-of-town firms. Their quality of life will definitely be improved.


  4. Meanwhile, why would council members ever miss their meetings? Why run for the office if you can’t do the job?


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