The Business of the City: Miscellaneous

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Independence Day Questions Unanswered

A few weeks ago (June 19), I sent requests to the administration for information regarding the vendor contracts for the Independence Day events--namely, assurances that they met the compliance standards for public contracts. At that time, I also asked for back-up information on these entities, including a list of other similar-sized events that these companies have successfully produced, background information on the principals of the company, a company profile, and a link to each company's website. On June 27, I received copies of the business registration certificates through our Corporation Counsel.I was told that the additional information I requested was not in the possession of the city--which I found odd.  

One of the companies (Infinite Media) only became a business entity eight weeks ago, so what is its track record in producing this type of event? What is the prior experience of its principals? Was there a previous business? That is information that I still have not received, despite having made another request for this information yesterday. Below is the text from my previous requests, which have received not even the courtesy of a response. How can that be? What is so difficult about copying a file? There are individuals in city hall who are certainly capable. My assumption is that these companies were thoroughly vetted and chosen based on their experience (HSP has done events in the past). Since this event was marred last year by the fraud and corruption that was being run through the Division of Parks and Recreation, it behooves us to assuage the concerns of our residents that their taxpayer dollars are being used effectively and efficiently.

So, I sent a request to the director of public works(6/28), and another through the city administrator (6/29), for this information. I sent yet another request yesterday. Below is the text of yesterday's request. I will have one more "go" at this tomorrow.


I am again forwarding a request for the back-up documentation for these two vendors.

Since we are now only three days away from this event, please provide me with the information I requested as soon as possible, per the city's due diligence in awarding contracts. I am ONLY asking you to forward the history/documentation/reason for awarding for these two vendors--I cannot imagine that the city would have awarded contracts with no back-up documentation, especially given the fraud and corruption that besmirched last year's event. Who are they? How were they awarded the bids? What is their reputation?

1) a copy of the contracts;
2) a list of other similar-sized events that these companies have successfully produced;
3) background information on the principals of the company, a company profile, etc.;
4) a link to each company's website.

Thank you--the original request is below:
 


Mr. Berry,

Some constituents have asked me several questions regarding the vendors for the Independence Day festivities. Please provide me with the back-up information on HSP and Infinite Media.

Regarding HSP, the issues that occurred last year had to do with not receiving a comprehensive itinerary. The other concern is that, since Infinite Media just became a registered business entity two months ago, they have no track record that the public can find to assuage their fears that this company can successfully deliver.

Since we are only a week away from this event, please provide me with the following as soon as possible, per the city's due due diligence in awarding contracts:

1) a copy of the contracts;
2) a list of other similar-sized events that these companies have successfully produced;
3) background information on the principals of the company, a company profile, etc.;
4) a link to each company's website.

Rebecca

5 comments:

  1. Did you get answers to 2012,2011? How about 2010. If Mapp gets his forensic audit all of these should be rfeviewed for fraud.

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    1. Unfortunately, Doc, the paperwork for 2012 is lacking--I detailed everything that I received last year. For the earlier years--when others were responsible for the Independence Day events, there was no oversight by the administration. Going forward, I expect to see proper paperwork. A forensic accounting of how money was spent in previous years should tell the taxpayers something.

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  2. Too bad we don't celebrate the 4th of July on the 4th of July....

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  3. Rebecca you are the worst council person that have ever served on the Plainfield City Council. You do not have the residents of plainfield best interest at heart. When is your term up so i can campaign like crazy against you. Go back tothe hole you came out of. Plainfield deserve better

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  4. Rebecca don'tfret about not getting your answers. The director can't get information he requests for himself either and there is only a secretary and seasonal workers there. This is why the WBLS issue got blown to the porportion it did. The tactic is just don't give em the answers. If the problem had been squashed properly maybe the ghost of doom would not still be running the show from afar. Obviously the State is too busy to bother with our little corruption.

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