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.
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.