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NAPA Auto Parts Contract

Updated: Monday, May 19 2014, 03:16 PM CDT

New development in the NAPA agreement. Information contained in a freedom of information act request filed by Springfield Alderman shows a purchasing agreement with the state does not exist.

The belief of such an agreement was the backbone of the NAPA contract approved by city council on April 15.

The agreement makes NAPA the city's go-to auto parts supplier.

Then alderman began asking questions about the validity of the state purchasing agreement.

In response, Springfield City leaders sent aldermen a list of purchases made by other Illinois cities through that same agreement.

Alderman Frank Edwards says that's moot.

He's angry, accusing some city officials of assuming, instead of doing their research.

"When you talk about this may put us behind, it's not the alderman's fault and it's sure not NAPA. It's the staff that didn't do their due diligence to make sure that all the bases were covered."

Since the state purchasing agreement does not exist, Mayor Mike Houston will bring a resolution to council at Tuesday's meeting, whereas aldermen can affirm the current contract or throw it out and start from scratch.

NAPA Auto Parts Contract

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