News

Council: Proposal to Out-Source Vehicle Parts Supply Needs More Study

Council: Proposal to Out-Source Vehicle Parts Supply Needs More Study

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

Despite a legal review of an ordinance to contract-out the parts supply operation for the city’s vehicle fleet, council members unanimously voted to send the proposal back to committee during last night’s city council meeting.

Some aldermen felt a bid process should have been used. Springfield Corporation Counsel Todd Greenburg says the use of a national contract available to the city is legal and financially prudent.

“We have followed a competitive solicitation process by our ability to go with the State of Illinois which in turn, has entered into a compact with the State of Minnesota,” says Greenburg.

NAPA would stock and distribute parts for the city’s new consolidated maintenance facility.  The Houston administration estimates more than a million dollars would be saved over the course of the 3-year contract.

Houston says aldermen are “micro-managing” the proposed contract and every delay is costing the city money because they cannot consolidate their garages into a new facility until the issue is resolved.

 

Recent Headlines

in Local

DeWitt Co. Settlement OK’d in Dispute to Put Toxic Waste Over Aquifer

water

DeWitt county has approved a settlement with a landfill company.

in Local

Kankakee Co. Sheriff Describes Security Lapses that led to Inmate Escape

inmate_exiting_kamron_taylor

Sheriff Tim Bukowski says investigators found no inmate count had been done.

in Local

House Approves Springfield High Speed Rail Oversight Act

high speed rail

An attempt to make sure fair hiring practices are implemented on Springfield's high speed rail 10th street consolidation project is moving forward.

in Local

Rauner Admin. Plans $106 Million in Medicaid Cuts

medicaid

Cuts to Medicaid will make up about one-third of the $300 million in spending reductions by Gov. Bruce Rauner's office

in Local

Butler: Future of $26M in Social Service Funding Unknown

Budget Cuts

State Representative Tim Butler says who knows if that $26 million Governor Bruce Rauner is holding from a number of state social service programs will be restored or not.