Wednesday, August 12, 2020
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! NEW KCI BIDDING WAR ESCALATES BEHIND THE SCENE!!!
One of the biggest financial decisions impacting Kansas City is under consideration at City Hall tomorrow and local news is keeping everyone stupid about the inside baseball struggle to win 80 MILLION BUCKS!!!
The bids are due tomorrow and we won't bore the plebs by rehashing the deets. However, this controversy has already sparked a bitter dispute among council members along with allegations of not only racism but also bid rigging and corruption from "many sides" of this conversation.
One thing we know for sure . . .
TOMORROW'S DECISION WILL CERTAINLY SPARK LEGAL DEBATE BY THE LOSING SIDE AS THIS POORLY HANDLED NEW KCI CONTROVERSY WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY SLOW CONSTRUCTION!!!
Airlines are on the record warning that political debate thwarts their progress.
Accordingly an in fairness . . .
Our blog community was FIRST in documenting arguments from union and urban leaders.
Now, here's a last minute plea by an airport construction company which offers their perspective and a hint of more fighting to come . . .
E-mail Forwarded To KCMO Council Before Airport Vote
Thank you for taking the time to read this brief email. Myself, and the ESCO Construction family, would be grateful for your voting support in opposition to resolution 200602. Below are a few key points that I feel all voting members should be educated on:
1. As this is a re-bid, ESCO’s participation in the re-bid made 7A a competitive bidding environment. We ask that you understand how this changed Ideker’s price and M/WBE participation from the original bid.
2 . Has the council viewed our technical proposal in which CWC made their recommendation?
3. ESCO brought value to KCI by being the low bidder.
4. ESCO is using local union labor and local subcontractors and suppliers.
5. ESCO exceeded the M/WBE goal for the project. ESCO included more M/WBE than our competition, on both of their bidding attempts. We have continued our pursuit to include more than our 7 MBE’s even after bid submission.
6. CWC conducted a best and final offer process already. Our price and our M/WBE participation was adjusted since submission of our original bid. Our competitors had the same opportunity.
To date, ESCO has invested over $100,000.00 in this pursuit. This is a big deal to us. We followed the rules set forth by CWC, we were low bidder with more M/WBE participation, and we are struggling to understand why our firm has been put in this situation after so much cooperative effort. At this point, our pricing, proposal, M/WBE figures, and other proprietary information has been made public, to our competition as well, and a Best and Final Offer process is no longer privileged and confidential.
If the Council passes this resolution, it will diminish the competitive bidding process and will negatively impact the future of KCI bidding. This is not the right solution.
Devleoping . . .