Ready, fire, aim

This is getting old.

The city is once again proving to be a menace to local businesses.

It should not be a surprise to anyone that we have been losing out on external funding of highway projects because our city staff cannot follow the funding rules.

Earlier in the summer we saw city council calling for heads to roll.  The proposed solution was to hire outside firms to manage the process for us.

The city issued a request for proposals to accomplish this in July.  Four local firms bid.  Now city staff wants to reject all of the bids.


As it turns out the specifications were incomplete.  Now that they have the four proposals and can evaluate the numbers they want to reject the bids and start over.

Item 14.1 on the Tuesday, December 1, 2015 council agenda reads:

Request rejection of all proposals received for Solicitation No. 2015-1142R (Management of Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Porgrams as recommended by the Purchasing & Strategic Sourcing Department and Capital Improvement Department, in order to incorporate new requirements to ensure TxDOT reimbursements are provided for federally funded projects.

Once again four businesses have spent money chasing city business only to have their proposals rejected because the city does not have it’s act together.

We deserve better



3 Responses to Ready, fire, aim

  1. Cross Eyed says:

    Ready, fire, aim? Does it take that much effort to shoot yourself in the foot ? Damn even the sequence is screwed up.


  2. Thoroughly Disgusted says:

    In all likelihood Freese & Nichols, the firm Gonzalez had a relationship with in Irving, will eventually get this contract. They are the same firm that the city paid a lot of money to evaluate the city engineering staff and processes and conclude that the city needed to hire more outside consultants. The city made a poin of saying that Freese & Nichols would also be entitled to compete for some of that work. The longer this process drags on, the more money Freese & Nichols is probably making.


  3. In addition to having gone from a strong Mayor type of government to a “City Manager” form, what else has been done away with that now causes us to be so dysfunctional? We used to have City staff that could handle this kind of thing. Why don’t we today? We really need to be more self sufficient, and able to do much more for ourselves, but still we allow outside designers to come up with a canopy for OUR city’s main plaza that requires things to be made in Germany?! Finally, have we no shame?!


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