Thursday, January 12, 2012

Water Board Lifts Contractor Suspensions, then Authorizes Lawsuit Against Most of the Contractors (UPDATED)

At a Special Board Meeting on January 11, 2012, the Detroit Board of Water Commissioners voted to lift the suspension resolution it passed just three weeks ago on 5 of the 13 cited contractors. The following contractors are no longer suspended, but the resolution included the caveat -- "pending further action of the Board"
  • Lakeshore Engineering Services, Inc.
  • Inland Waters Pollution Control, Inc.
  • DLZ Laboratories, Inc., 
  • D'Agostini & Sons, Inc.,  and 
  • Walbridge Aldinger Company, Inc. 
The Water Board then (a) approved an extension of its attorney's legal services contract, and (b) authorized Miller Canfield to intervene in the federal lawsuit initiated by the Macomb Interceptor Drain Drainage District in July, 2011 (the "15 Mile Sewer Repair" case)  and  file a lawsuit against approximately 17 Defendants, including 4 of the 5 contractors whose suspensions were just lifted (D'Agostini & Sons, Inc. is excluded).  

The Board also directed its Legal Committee to work with Miller Canfield to draft a (new) suspension policy for presentation to the Board at its next regular meeting on January 25, 2012.

Then the Board voted to accept (for consideration) a bid protest filed by Walbridge Aldinger, on Contract PC-786, which the Board had approved for award to Walsh Construction on December 21, 2011. The Board voted to conduct a public hearing to determine whether Walbridge Aldinger is a "responsible bidder."  

(Does this mean the Board might rescind its award to Walsh if it finds Walbridge to be a responsible bidder? And what about the policy of not contracting with persons you're suing? Why conduct such a hearing if you've already directed your legal counsel to sue Walbridge and the other contractors for racketeering and civil conspiracy?

(Confused? You're not alone!)

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