1 September 2011
Writing about Hurricane Irene interrupted my flow about the DL
Fleck affair. It interrupted a few other things too. I hope you
weren't personally too much affected. One of my readers wrote:
"Thank you so much for the information about the dry ice! We just
put a side of beef in our freezer as well as all the summer
produce from our garden. We can't believe the level of support our
neighboring communities give their residents while our "wonderful"
supervisors here in West Vincent only worry about a stupid movie
night. My husband says that's what the tax increase gets us!
So glad you work on Sunday!"
"Black Horse Road (gravel side) is closed at Route 100 due to
downed power lines. The Township put up plastic barricades and
yellow tape across the road.
Yes, it would be nice if the Township would post something like
this, especially since they know about it."
Chickenman's normal service is now, again, being resumed.
I spoke about the questionable re-advertising of the Road
Maintenance bid and the limited bidders. Certainly there must be a
reason for what is being done. The bids were opened on July 11,
In the meeting of July 11, 2011, after the two bids were opened,
the Board of Supervisors was asked if there was a bid bond or a
certified check attached to the bids, which was clearly specified
in the bid package on Page 6. The answer from Ken Miller was "We
have to see what is in the bid package to see if they qualify to
be accepted as the winning bid (voice trailing off)".
Why not just look in each bid envelope and see if there was a Bid
Bond or Certified Check enclosed? If any of the bids did not
include the Bid Bond or Check, they should be disqualified
instantaneously. The point of this bidding exercise is to get the
best price, all bids should be subject to the same requirements.
West Vincent Township required a Bid Bond (a bond that guarantees
the bid will be accepted by the contractor) and a Performance
Bond. A Performance Bond is a financial guarantee that a
contractor's work will be performed properly. It can be
substituted with a bank check if specified, which will be returned
after a predetermined amount of time if all the work holds up
properly. If the bidders are deficient in furnishing a Bid
Bond.......they most likely have a problem getting a Performance
What is going on? Why deflect the questions? The object of a
public meeting is to be public. Where is the transparency? Who was
awarded the contract? In my next e-mail, I will have much more.
If you know Maria Holderness or Richard Malasics see if you can
persuade them to stand as write ins in November. Even better,
offer them your active support. We could do with some honesty and
straight thinking in West Vincent. Of course, even if you don't
know them I'm sure any offers of help would be welcomed!
Oh and keep your comments rolling in. Photos would be nice too.
Maybe a photo of the side of beef or the yellow tape might have
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