TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! DISCUSSION ON KANSAS CITY $12 MILLION CUSTOMER SERVICE WATER DEPT. CONTRACT DELAY!!!
Check this round-up of City Council thinking regarding a pricey new contract . . .
THANKS TO AN AWESOME TKC TIPSTER FOR WRITING UP THESE IMPRESSIONS ON TODAY'S COUNCIL DISCUSSION OF THE PROPOSED $12 MILLION WATER DEPARTMENT CUSTOMER SERVICE CONTRACT!!!
Here we go . . .
Today's KC Water Contract Talk
Schulte tried to make 12mil sound like a delicious, cheap tootsie roll compared to the "original" cost estimate of, SHOCK!, $40mil!
Sharp digging in regarding the no-bid aspect of this boondoggle. City ordinances requires RFPs , this water world is not an emergency, as required to do a no-bid. Or contractor has specialized talents. Yes there is WBE/MBE, until they take it out per usual. God, our WBE/MBE guy sucks!
Water dept audit by the state still in play..
Ford: How much for hard costs how much for consultants, 75% for technology... that may include trainers for new tech.. hmmm nice way to pad. other companies can supply hard and soft. 25% for consultants
Wagner: Backs up Sharp's concern about the no-bid aspect. sole source brought up also
West Monroe seems to be sitting pretty. named several companies approached like Black and Veach .
Water seems to think one contractor is best rather than a general contractor with several subs. no spreading the love for these folks. How would we know that this group is working in our best interest or just have a bunch of widgets in their warehouse that they need to off load?
Circo: She shot off with "due diligence" jerky lady, of course with Brooks holding up his pants in private she is again in the front, trying to put over the idea that this is a good ordinance.. It's only money!
Sharp: Sole source needs to be REALLY unique. Brought up the team, only local are MBE/WBE firms. we know those will be ditched ASAP. so basically no local firms.
Sly: How much of that 75% is hard? He brought up Ventech, a sole source with proprietorial soft ware. no % given..bring up several other no-bid contracts. so did that make this boondoggle okay.
Circo: Defending the "uniqueness" of this sole source company. clouding the issue by throwing in parallel but unrelated issues.
Davis: Wants to do away with RFP process!!! WTF? made a slip of the tongue and called the company "West Nile" not so far off...
Glover: Time frame for a bid process. ans, 4-6 months. all of this is to improve customer service. seems like a good idea to integrate software within water service but does it cost this much?
Looks like it is set for third reading. There will be push back on this one. There is no EMERGENCY to push this forward.
No action taken.