A Fishy Bidding Process (6/3/08)
Clearly, the entire bidding process on the necessary demolition work for the downtown arena project was a farce. O'Rourke Wrecking's winning bid was not only a million dollars higher than its competitors' -- it was approved despite recommending an approach that didn't even meet the bid specifications.
So the state Finance and Administration Cabinet was correct in ordering the Louisville Arena Authority to cancel its existing contract with O'Rourke and take new bids.
But now - because Authority Chairman Jim Host is invoking an "emergency" clause - those new bids will be due by this Wednesday. And the specs have now been re-written regarding things like minimum insurance coverage and licensing to pretty much guarantee that this time around, the winner will again be...O'Rourke.
Host defended the original award, saying the Authority simply believed O'Rourke was the best company for the job. But that's just not the way it works.
The facts are: the Arena Authority broke the law, and there's no real "emergency" about a delay of a few weeks on a project that isn't scheduled to be completed for more than two years.
Something smells bad here. And the Arena Authority needs to realize it doesn't get to make up the rules as it goes along.
What do you think? Call and let us know.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.