In the end its all a lie

Evidently the city and the contractor doing the work at San Jacinto Plaza have reached a settlement.

The result?  We were lied to.

As the project drew on and on we were frequently told that the contractor was at fault and would be fined $1,000 a day for being late.

Hogwash

They settled for the original contract amount without late fees.

Other reputable bidders complained before the bid was awarded that the low bid was unrealistic–the project would end up costing more.  City council ignored them.

Even more troubling is this statement by the city attorney:  “The City received the benefit of the additional work but did not pay additional funds”.

The city received $500,000 of free work according to the contractor.

How can that be fair?

The city’s reputation for using its legion of lawyers to cheat vendors is only getting worse.  Contractors bidding on the quality of life projects will take note and will add money to their bids to try to protect themselves.

We deserve better.

Brutus

8 Responses to In the end its all a lie

  1. We've Been Bamboozled Again says:

    Don’t know if you folks heard about this, but a private party owns the photographic image rights to the alligator. People cannot even publish a photo of the alligator sculpture without paying a fee. We spent money to refurbish that piece of #$@! and local newspapers can’t even run a photo, which means photos cannot be used to promote downtown or tourism without paying a fee. Someone on city council must be getting a piece of that alligator pie.

    http://www.elpasoinc.com/columns/publishers_column/article_f7f1ffec-7e8b-11e6-bc4f-cb947dc4e5a3.html

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  2. Rodney Fender says:

    VOTE on Nov 8th!!!
    Vote NO on EPISD bond issue!
    Vote against any incumbent until it stops!

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  3. Old Gringo Guy says:

    Well golly gee. You got them ugly plastic alligators back. What more do you want? And we are going to have a ‘Bicycle Program Coordinator’ at $50,000.00 a year plus to oversee the bicycle lanes that no one uses. I’ll bet probably no other city in Texas has one of them Bicycle Program Coordinators! Ever see anyone riding one of them rent-a-bicycles? I ain’t.

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  4. It’s the “Friends and Family” concept in El Taxo of handing out contracts for anything.. If “Uncle Joe” shows up for a MAJOR construction job with a pick up, wheel barrow and a bag of cement and has no idea what he will charge, he gets the job. This is how things are done here and the home owners are the ones who pay for it all with endless, unlimited tax INCREASES. City Council, County Commissioners, EPISD- “The Society of Corruption”, just one big criminal enterprise. Bizness is bizness.

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  5. Innocent Bystander says:

    The other revelation in the story was that the plaza project went way over budget largely due to change orders which the city requested and issued. The city just decided to spend more money than was originally approved. If the city is good at one thing, it’s exceeding the budgets originally sold to the public.

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  6. Benevelous says:

    Welcome to El Paso, Texas…

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  7. Haiduc says:

    You are preaching to the “El chuco choir “

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  8. So, I sincerely hope you are not surprised. This is just another day in El Chuco, where the rich get richer on the taxpayers dime.

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