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No Agreement Found Between Springfield, NJPA for NAPA Contract

No Agreement Found Between Springfield, NJPA for NAPA Contract

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The city will likely cancel and rebid the much maligned three year, $3.75 million contract with NAPA Auto Parts to manage parts for the city’s vehicle fleet.

The state says there’s no intergovernmental agreement with the National Joint Power Alliance as was initially thought. The NJPA was used to procure the contract.

Ward 1 Alderman Frank Edwards says this was more than a “simple mistake,” as the city characterized it.

“How can you put all that stuff in documentation and sit there in a city council meeting and tell the council members how it was done and how it was going to be done, and everything’s hunky-dory, and then call it a simple mistake,” Edwards said. “Really?”

Edwards isn’t the only alderman who’s been questioning the NAPA deal from the start. Ward 7 Alderman Joe McMenamin said he’ll be voting to reopen the contract.

“The city needs to engage in smart and open business practices — and also being on solid legal footing,” McMenamin said via e-mail. “We need both. In the case of the NAPA contract we had neither.”

NAPA was selected to provide parts management for the city once the new city/county consolidated garage opens. As the new parts store is an integral part of the overall plan, it’s unclear how this information and the likely contract re-bid will affect the garage’s opening.

The mayor offered aldermen a chance to reaffirm the contract, but it’s unclear if there will be enough support to do so next week.

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