Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Board Meeting
June 16, 2022
All items on the agenda were approved. Items of note are as follows:
Procurement Item Discussed:
The Commissioners spent most of the meeting discussing this item. (Agenda Item#25, 22-0539) Commissioner Cam Davis stated that he had questions about responsible bidders. Commissioner Davis is concerned as to whether this company can be a responsible bidder after the accusations from the City of Chicago of fraudulent billing and other issues. Commissioner Davis questioned Inspector General Patrick Blanchard on responsible bidders and whether there was justification for finding the contractor not a responsible bidder. Inspector General Blanchard stated that they did a thorough investigation, and it was determined that the Contractor was not a responsible bidder for City of Chicago. Commissioner Davis wanted to know if the Contractor could be a responsible bidder for MWRD but was told MWRD would have to determine this. Blanchard recognized that this was a difficult task. Commissioner Garcia as did other commissioners, wanted to be reassured that the bidding process was a fair and good process. He asked the Dir. Of Procurement, Legal Counsel and Dir. Of Engineering to answer. They stated that there are criteria that needs to be followed to procure a contract. They also reassured the Board that with all contracts they carefully follow the procedure before awarding contracts. Kennedy Contractors were the lowest bidder, and it was a fair and legitimate bid. The following were suggestions by Commissioners:
Miscellaneous and New Business:
Observer: Nancy Marcus
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