Councilman Court Rosen
Council member Court Rosen on September 1 communicated directly with one of the responders to the Request For Proposal (RFP) to manage Countryside Golf Course.
In an email exchange with Meadowbrook’s Vice-President of Operations, Scott Beasley, Rosen wrote to Beasley:
“You are asking someone who does not believe we should, as a city, own the course. Always been curioius why you all sold it. Certainly raises concern with me, as I’m sure you could understand. Anyway, I’ll hope to talk soon.”
Whether there was any more communication between Rosen and Beasley is unclear. However this is just the type thing that can lead to a challenge by a responder to a Request For Proposal (RFP). The bids closed Jun 1 and the contract has yet to be awarded for five-year management.
In a letter to be introduced in the Consent Agenda for Monday’s Council meeting Mayor David Bowers and Vice Mayor Sherman Lea reveal concerns over the procurement process.
The letter reads:
The Vice-Mayor and I have discussed concerns raised by Members of Council over the last year about the bid process. In years past, when I was the Mayor before, we had a Bid Committee of the City Council which represented all of us in the process.
Bids, at that time, were actually opened in public session, so there was plenty of assurance to all those participating in the bid process that it was a transparent process.
The Vice-Mayor and I request that this matter be placed on the Consent Agenda for the next meeting of Council on December 7, 2009, so that Council can begin to consider whether it is an idea which we might want to put in place. We are not asking for any other action on this at the December 7 meeting, but merely want to bring the issue to the attention of the Council for further review and consideration by each of you.
By the way, it should be clearly understood, that neither Council members nor the Bid Committee should have anything to do with this legal, administrative process from the moment the RFP is issued until the opening of the bids on a day certain.
On Monday’s agenda Rosen requests a “closed meeting to discuss the award of a public contract.”
Article Oct. 8, 2008: Explaining the Virginia Public Procurement Act
Related article: Roanoke City/Meadowbrook Golf has one month to negotiate a contract
VML Guide to The Virginia Procurement Act
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Roanoke City Politics
Tags: corruption, Countryside, Meadowbrook, open_government