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City Admits Mistake Made During NAPA Contract Vote

Updated: Tuesday, May 13 2014, 10:16 PM CDT
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Napa Auto Parts is already making arrangements to move in to Springfield's new consolidated garage, but Tuesday night aldermen discussed their frustrations about how the contract was approved.

The ordinance was passed April 15th under the assumption of a purchasing agreement with the state. It turns out that agreement may not exist. Alderman Frank Edwards says the city violated code and agreed on a contract without using proper procedure.
   
Tuesday Mayor Mike Houston sent a memo to alderman giving them the option of using the current contract or opening it up to a bidding process.

The majority of aldermen agreed to re-open the process. Alderman Frank Edwards says approving the contract the right way makes sure the city won't face a lawsuit.

Tuesday night we asked specifically if a new ordinance should be made, one that allows council  to re-vote if they are presented with wrong information.

"I don't think we will probably write an ordinance, but I think you will see one of the 10 aldermen ask the questions. Are we in the guidelines of our ordinances to continue forward? And we don't want any assumptions," said Alderman Frank Edwards.

Corporation Counsel Todd Greenburg admitted at Tuesday night's meeting his office did make a mistake.

While looking at the purchasing agreement website, Illinois was listed as a co-op member but he says that may have been because illinois was a past member and not a current member.

Mayor Mike Houston is expected to bring a resolution to council at their next meeting concerning the current NAPA contract.

The bidding process to become the auto parts supplier of the consolidated garage could open. In that case, there is the possibility another auto parts supplier could be chosen. If that happens NAPA Auto Parts must be given 90 days notice.

In the meantime NAPA has not moved in to the consolidated garage, but they have started making plans.

Budget Director Bill McCarty says the longer council waits on approving a new ordinance it could be a struggle for some city mechanics as well

Positions in the public works department have been left vacant in preparation for the consolidated garage opening.City Admits Mistake Made During NAPA Contract Vote


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