TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY SIGNS NO BID CONSULTING DEAL WITH AMBULANCE BILLING COMPANY JUST ONE DAY AFTER VOTER PETITION FORCES CITY HALL ORDINANCE REPEAL!!!
Behind the scenes, the valid petitions of more than 8,000 voters didn't seem to matter to upper level management at City Hall who signed a controversial deal with ambulance service billing company Intermedix JUST ONE DAY after an ordinance securing a contract with the firm was repealed by Mayor and Council because of community outrage.
To wit . . .
AFTER A SMACKDOWN VIA PETITION, MAYOR SLY'S ADMINISTRATION PRESIDED OVER A NO BID CONSULTING CONTRACT SIGNED LESS THAN 24 HOURS AFTER VOTERS FORCED A REPEAL OF AN AGREEMENT WITH THE VERY SAME AMBULANCE BILLING COMPANY!!!
Sadly, Dead Tree Media endorsed the deal over voter objections and noted this bit of misinformation:
"The contract would be for around $250,000, below the level requiring council approval. City Manager Troy Schulte said he can sign it on his own, once a good deal is struck with the firm."
LOLZ!!! BY THE TIME THIS EDITORIAL WAS PRINTED THE CONTRACT HAD ALREADY BEEN SIGNED WITH LESS THAT 24 HOURS TO NEGOTIATE "A GOOD DEAL" FOLLOWING VOTER REJECTION!!!
While Yael is simply taking marching orders from Mayor Sly, AWESOME KANSAS CITY INSIDERS think it's more important to give people the facts regarding the sketchy contract.
The contract was signed August 29th.
The Kansas City deal with Intermedix is for $287,500 over 16 months at a rate of $17,968.75 per month.
The contract can be renewed for up to 5 years with an annual 1 year extension approval.
Intermedix promises 90% of the money will be spent on software and 10% on management.
Interestingly . . .
MBE/WBE REQUIREMENTS WERE THROWN OUT OF THIS NO BID CONTRACT: WHICH IS NOTHING MORE THAN INSULT ADDED TO INJURY FROM MAYOR SLY GIVEN THAT CONCERN AGAINST CITY HALL DEALING WITH THIS COMPANY CAME FROM THE URBAN CORE!!!
It gets worse . . .
The contract has a 90 day termination clause so Intermedix can "terminate for convenience" if the deal doesn't work out for them . . . This would leave KCMO under the gun in terms of finding new software to manage EMS billing.
One insider seyz: "This deal puts the city at a serious competitive disadvantage with very little negotiating power."
Again, it's also worth mentioning that a big part of voter objection to a City Hall deal with this company related to concerns about privacy.
Still . . .
THIS NO BID RUSH CONTRACT REVEALS A PATTERN OF CONTROVERSIAL DEALS PUSHED THROUGH UNDER THE TENURE OF MAYOR SLY JAMES!!!
- The Mayor and his alliance on the Council pushed through a controversial streetcar contractor and critics complain about a great many subcontracting deals that will go without competitive bidding.
- A year ago Mayor Sly and his Council alliance lobbied for $12 MILLION single source (read: no bid) contract for Water Dept. consulting.
- And now this ambulance billing no bid contract offers another sketchy deal SIGNED LESS THAN 24 HORUS AFTER MAYOR AND COUNCIL WERE FORCED TO REPEAL THE FIRST CITY HALL ORDINANCE CONTRACTING WITH THIS COMPANY THANKS TO VOTER PETITIONS.
Now, Insiders attribute most of this City Hall express contract delivery to the fact that Intermedix is represented by honchos from Polsinelli - Anyone familiar with campaign finance reports know their connection to our city's top elected official and most of the City Council.
Sadly, this behind the scenes rush deal doesn't really help the residents of Kansas City.
One insider seyz: "Rarely at City Hall is something moved forward so quickly. We're expected to believe the City Manager got the best deal for KC in less than 24 hours??? It was obviously set up a long time beforehand. Whenever the city works on behalf of a politically favored company, it's always a bad deal for the taxpayers."
Developing . . .