The city has handed out its lucrative tree trimming contract to the same contractor, without competition for just about ever. Two years ago some pesky residents, and a council candidate who is for open government contracting, highlighted the problem using the tree trimming contract as an example.
Side note: There are way more services and vendors the city hires in questionable ways, but just about nobody asks the questions and only 4 ask and follow up. Only one is a council candidate.
Tomorrow, the council is asked to approve awarding West Coast Arborists another contract. Yes, these are the guys that cut down the wrong trees and seem to like to do a lot of billable busy work.
Yes sir, the city is carrying out a "competitive" process this time for the big contract. Unfortunately, it comes off as a total bogus charade. On the plus side, the city is getting a little less obvious about being phony. They are working harder at it
Now you have to look a little deeper at the substance of what they are doing. The scoring and requirements for the tree contract sure the hell looks like the specifications were written for a specific contractor in mind and at least 3 arborists think the whole thing stinks.
Here is the RFP. Have a read for yourself. Ask your friendly neighborhood council candidate what they think about the city's business practices and what they've done to improve it.
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