By: Diane Benjamin
Yesterday the Executive Committee of the County Board passed a resolution for emergency replacement of the Board sound system. It’s $108,000, but the reference material is written so poorly it’s hard to prove that’s what they are buying. Here’s the agenda item:
The packet information isn’t any more clear: http://www.mcleancountyil.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/4804
See page 44. Note: I always use the PDF page numbers instead of whatever number system the government agency uses.
This is the explanation from the packet:
The current system is still working, so this hardly qualifies as an emergency. I wonder who the vendor is for this emergency spending? A friend of government? A relative?
The documentation doesn’t say.
The full Board still has to vote. Let’s see which County Board members want to avoid the bid process and which think they shouldn’t. I do know the Executive Committee had at least 2 NO votes.
I hear it was County Administrator Bill Wasson pushing for this. With very limited information and no explanation of why it’s an emergency, the entire Board should vote NO. It can be added to next years budget if necessary.