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Thursday, July 19, 2012

New Hartford Public Library Trustees fail to secure bids for a $34,000 project...

Yesterday at noon, the New Hartford Public Library Board of Trustees held their last meeting before the $1,000,000 library rechartering vote which is being held at the library on August 23, 2012. The August trustee meeting has been cancelled.

If you have traveled over Oxford Road in the past couple of weeks, you might have seen work being done to the roof in the front part of the library. Those repairs were part of the discussion at yesterday's meeting.

Trustee Wiatr questioned the group as to the bidding process that was followed prior to contracting for the work. Trustee Wiatr had no idea that the work was to be done since it was never brought before the board.

The library's own purchasing policy does state that they will "seek the lowest prices for comparable quality items and shall secure quotes and when required bids from reputable businesses."

However, it appears this did not happen. Instead a member of the board acted upon information obtained from a library employee who got the information from her husband that the firm hired was the "best roofing company in town" without any input from the board of trustees.

Below is the portion of the meeting where Trustee Wiatr questions members of the board regarding the lack of a Statement of Work and bids for the roof repair. If you are wondering how a $1,000,000 budget will be managed, take a look at how their current $600,000 budget is being managed. Notice that, other than Trustee Wiatr, no one else is concerned about their lack of due diligence.

The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.


Anonymous said...

NO surprise here , this is just the way business is done in New Hartford.

Anonymous said...

Good old boys doing the right thing. Don't complain if you don't offer to help.