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Viking Park fence questions

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By Stephen and Terri Manzanares


This letter is regarding the article in the paper: "Fencing at Viking Park followed East Carbon City's Correct Procedures (Sun Advocate, Nov. 11, 2010).

We attended the Oct. 26 council meeting to inform the council that the fence "repair" job at the Viking Park had already been completed, without a valid contract, and against the mayor's direct order to stop until he could check into why the job hadn't been formally authorized yet.

How come the article in the paper states that the city can just "hire" someone for the Viking Park fence "repair" job? This job consisted of installing approximately 250 feet and it should have been considered a new project.

At the Nov. 9 council meeting that we also attended, the city was requiring three bids for a separate fence "repair" job located in c-section. After reviewing the bids, they decided on the approval of one. We happen to know that this particular fence "repair" was for approximately 36 feet and 22 feet - a lot less footage than the fence at Viking Park. Why wouldn't they have just "hired" someone for this fence "repair" job too? According the article's first definition it is not subject to the normal bidding requirements if it's just a repair job, because it is being paid for with private insurance money.

According to the article's second definition if the city was building a new fence on city property, then it would need to go into the normal bidding requirements.

So why did this second fence "repair" job go into the normal bidding requirements? Wasn't this just a fence "repair" job? It's not a new fence on city property. Isn't this a double standard?

Regarding the Viking Park fencing, we're wondering: How come the other bidder worked without a valid contract? How come the other bidder still kept working against the mayor's direct order to stop? Why would the other bidder assume that he could bypass the normal protocol and it would be okay.

That's why "legal" contractors have state guidelines.

At the October 26th council meeting, the mayor pro-temp informed everyone in attendance,that both of the bids that were submitted for the already completed fencing at Viking Park still remained unsigned.

We're wondering why, after the fact, did a signature suddenly appear on one of the bids?

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