Twenty minutes after telling us about the project; City council spent $3.7 million dollars to purchased 51 acres of property. At the time they told us they were going to purchase the property, they authorized the City Manager to spend up to $250,000 to hire firms to figure out what they want to do with it. Hidden in the City Manager report of the October 8 work session are all the public details of how he intends to spend the first $67,000.
The issue I have with this report is that there is no written report given to council and the public. Furthermore the verbal report does not include many details about the qualifications of the company. It does not tell us what projects they have completed. There is no comparison of the qualifications of this company with the other companies that were considered. Additionally, the work that city plans to have them do is kind of listed. Kind of listed does not work for me. At the end of the verbal briefing not one member of council asked for any of the needed information. Nor did they ask the city manager to provide a cost comparison for public record.
There is not one member of council that represents me or cares about providing the transparency necessary in order for us to get good value for our tax dollars. That is why I will be doing my part to give someone else the opportunity. Perhaps she can do better.
Here is the link to the “discussion” above as found on the city website.
Here are the minutes from that work session.
Compare this process with the useful information provided during the search for the energy aggregation company
Council Work Session
|Agenda Item Description or Legislation Title|
|- Energy Aggregation|
|Purpose and Background|
|City Staff is providing a recommendation for Energy Alliance to be the electric aggregation consultant for the City of Huber Heights. The reasons for recommendation for Energy Alliances are attached along with the legislation for Council approval.
Also attached are the latest correspondence related to three of the consultants and additional information including:
- Energy Alliances Apples To Apples Comparison Chart
- Energy Alliances Correspondence
- Schneider Electric PowerPoint Presentation
- AGE Correspondence - Mayor McMasters indicates that the attached email from AGE to Councilmember Nancy Byrge contains an excellent overview of load analysis.
- City Manager - Consultant Information Summary
City Staff and any attending consultants will be able to answer any questions concerning the selection process at the Council Work Session.