BOCC approves MOU for Americus Ditch repairs

Published: Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 03:07 PM.

“He is under no obligation,” McDaniel said of Rish. “He’s offered to assist the county. He doesn’t have to do anything.”

Resident Tom Graney said the fixes of the pipe were only part of the “fiasco” that Americus Ditch has come to represent for many.

While expressing appreciation to Preble Rish, while asserting its responsibility to assist, and praising the MOU as an excellent plan moving forward, Graney said commissioners had yet to address systemic problems with the county process for bidding and awarding contracts.

Saying the contractor was unqualified from the outset – the contractor allegedly lacked required documents and bonding and has since gone out of business – he said commissioners could not deflect responsibility because it was a previous board that made the decisions.

“Taxpayers are paying for this,” Graney said. “Your bid policy violated Florida law. No one is talking about who is responsible for this. I want somebody held responsible for the bid process, for this fiasco. As a taxpayer, you are obligated to do that.

“This was poor work by the county commission and by county staff. That comes back to you. The commission has to hold somebody accountable for this project that was screwed up from the beginning.”

McLemore, the lone commissioner on the board at the time the project was awarded, noted he opposed the project, thought it was a “bad project” and “would never work.”

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