R, Woodman—Thanks for the information. ……..
I think you are right, that FOI requests will be the only way to get any facts on the matter. In a May 3, 2005 Change Order, referenced in the current City documents, Halifax Paving agreed to build a second, 100-acre lake with berms, outfalls, and road repair in exchange for fill dirt. Quentin L Hampton found the exchange to be fair and reasonable and in keeping with the existing contract for the first lake, therefore no bid process required. I wonder if QLH also inspected the “dirty” berm you saw and reported to your boss? I do not believe there was a performance bond since that is the focus of the meeting today at 1:30.
Since it is not otherwise stated, I assume Halifax is still responsible for delivering a completed lake by Dec 31, 2014. Seems like that might be overly optimistic given the past rate of progress.
I guess what bothers me most is that the City’s interests have taken a back seat to the interests of Halifax for a long time and that state of affairs is continuing today. For nine years they have been hauling dirt off City property and presumably selling it at other sites. Now we are told they are hauling dirt off City property and selling it at Trader Joe’s site and will be allowed to do so until no more dirt is needed there. Only then will they go back to work for the City. I wonder if maybe P & S Paving or D & W Paving would like the same deal next time they bid a job?
Everyone knows that Halifax Paving is a long-standing, family-controlled construction business in this area and, as such, would naturally have long-standing business associations with other local construction companies. (How’s that for dancing around the issue.) Those associations might even benefit the City if properly managed but that does not appear to be the case here.
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