26 June 2011
In case you missed it last time I wrote to you, here, below, is the
required equipment needed to bid for the town road maintenance
contract. Is it coincidence that it specifies the exact
equipment that DL Fleck has available? For example it
specifies that the "4x4 Ext. Hoe" must be a John Deere. Why a
John Deere? Why does the roller have to be an Ingersoll Rand?
There are plenty of other manufacturers that make this equipment, but
owning that equipment would not meet the exact bid
specifications. Looks to me like bid rigging. But that's just
But now let's look at the advertisement for the
contract. Attached is a copy of the ad and below is
Not only is it doubtful that any other company will have exactly that
same equipment as DL Fleck but the the ad. states, "Interested parties
should submit bids no later than 4:00 P.M. on June 27, 2011. Bids will
be opened and read at the Board of Supervisors meeting on June 6, 2011
at 7:30 P.M." June 6th? The ad was posted on 10th June.
Is any legitimate contractor is going to bid on a job when the open and
read date is in the past? Of course, you
will hear that anyone can make a typo, even though that typo was never
So, don't be surprised when the only bid made comes from DL Fleck with
a "mistake" (wink, wink) like that in the advertisement. With
only one bid there is no competition, no possibility of a (much) lower
I think it is well known that the state of the roads in West Vincent
could be bettered. I just had somebody say driving into West
Vincent is like driving into East Germany! I obviously don't
know what the bid will be, but I would suspect it will end up to be
around $400,000. That's approaching $100 for each man woman
and child in West Vincent. For that sort of money we should
be driving as in paradise not East Germany.
As it's relevant I received the following email with subject line "Re:
Shoddy roadwork performed and paid for by W.V. Taxpayers...again and
"It was less than 1 year since the substandard roadwork along
Hollow Road into Birchrunville was completed. Not leveled
properly/patchwork/etc and now 3 years later needs a complete repaving.
Exactly what are we the taxpayers getting in return? Nothing and will
pay for a new repaving that should have lasted 10 years. What is the
township road master's role in this? Obviously W.Vincent does not care
to ensure that quality roadwork is performed the 1st time and then
properly maintained thereafter as per PA road construction
requirements/we the tax payers in very hard times are the victims of
all this- and forced again to pay for it."
Whilst mentioning emails I have received short mail from Ed Elliott
following my earlier newsletter.
"We need to be unionized in West Vincent?
Outrageously absurd. Disgusting!"
When I asked him if I could use his name he told me "Did you
think I was chicken, too? No way." Thanks
Ed. We could do with more like you in WV. I'm not
joining you yet though.
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