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Today the Nevada Supreme Court voted against career politicians with a verdict that upholds term limits for City Council members regarding the Mayoral seat. Read about it here:
From the Ask Joe file one of our viewers has a question about the recent parking kiosk controversy in Reno.
Eddie Lorton, who is running for mayor, wants to know why the city of Reno did not collect on a performance bond that was in the original agreement with Curb Systems to protect the city against losses?
I had a meeting with the city manager Andrew Clinger yesterday and I asked him about the performance bond. Clinger says there was a bond for $460,000 written into the original agreement. Basically that’s like an insurance policy the company has to take out in case they go under and can’t finish the project. The bond would help ensure the project got finished.
Clinger says someone at the city dropped the ball and allowed the installation of those parking kiosks to start without actually making sure that bond was in place. And it wasn’t. However Clinger also says the performance bond would not have covered performance of the parking kiosks, only the installation of the equipment.
The city says it lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue because of faulty parking kiosks and tickets that could not be written after those kiosks were installed but they settled with Curb Systems for $7,500.
Again, the city manager says the city could not have collected even if that bond was in place.
I would like to pose three questions to our Reno city officials and to you, the voter:
1) On the original contract for the parking kiosks in Downtown Reno, the name of the contractor was Secure Storage Technologies LLC. Secure Storage Technologies LLC, was required contractually to provide a performance bond in the amount of $460,000 as well as a lien release before they were allowed to begin work on the project. The bond was never provided, and as many citizens found out, the kiosks were a complete failure as a project. As of now, there is a completed settlement between the City of Reno and Curb Systems LLC. (See below for photo copies of the settlement and original contract pages.) I found it odd that the City of Reno initially contracted a company which is a profitable organization to build the kiosks, but when the contract was not fulfilled, a different company steps in and is being held legally liable to pay the settlement when the City of Reno is owed a $460,000 bond from Secure Storage Technologies LLC NOT Curb Systems LLC. What reason is there to change companies at the end of the project when impending legal issues were arising, and why is the company that owes the City of Reno a $460,000 bond not included anywhere in the settlement mediation? Further, why was the bond never paid?
2) What instrument was used by the city to LEGALLY change the name from Secure Storage Technologies LLC to Curb Systems LLC?
3) I made an inquiry with Lynette Jones, the City Clerk, for this information. She returned my call after speaking with an undisclosed city attorney, and responded by saying that there was no legal obligation to divulge this information publicly.
In a city that has major financial woes, in which I am a resident that sees a blatant mismanaging and loss of funds, I find that answer to be unacceptable. I merely want to know, what is there to hide? It’s easy to point out the mistakes that our current city officials have made, but I am not interested in finding the mistakes, I am interested in finding the solutions. If I were in office, I would never have allowed for the name on the contract to be changed at settlement, and I would never have accepted ANY settlement without the bond being paid, let alone a settlement that is .016% of what is actually owed. This is the fiscal irresponsibility, that I believe needs to change. This is the fiscal irresponsibility, that I would never allow in an Eddie Lorton mayoral office.
Article appearing in the Reno Gazette Journal referencing Eddie Lorton for Mayor
I’m really getting tired of seeing our current financial leaders waste the hard-earned tax dollars of Reno citizens. I can cite dozens of examples of what I call “bad idea spending” from Reno’s current governing body, but recently I uncovered one example that is actually criminal.
At Wednesday’s council meeting I uncovered a misappropriation of funds of over $ 300,000.00 on 2 different wrongfully approved contracts, and if my findings are correct, there are more examples of this to come.
One of them is called Aerotek for over $ 230,000.00; and the other is called AppleOne for over $73,000.00. Both of these were approved without a vote which, as per our current system, is well over the limit of expenditure and therefore constitutes misappropriation of funds.
In total it took me approximately two hours of research to uncover and extract this information from their system, which truthfully, I don’t think anyone else would have found. Obviously they’re not looking that hard at ways to save tax dollars, or even trying to run things efficiently.
At first the city council tried to deny wrongdoing when I called them out on this. That is, until I presented evidence at this past meeting of what I had uncovered. In the face of undeniable proof, they were forced to admit their mistakes, and ended up putting these issues on the agenda for the next meeting. These are issues that should have been voted on initially, not after the fact in a manner that screams “oops, we got caught”.
On a personal note, I hope the council does not approve these funds since they are being spent on another useless system called Automated Data Processing Inc. (A.D.P.) This whole thing reminds me of the wasted money spent on the parking kiosk debacle that never worked properly.
Speaking of which, so far, the city has spent $230,000.00 on A.D.P. but they’re also buying another $150,000.00 in computer equipment since the data processers in the old systems will not run the updated A.D.P. protocols. Just think; 9 months of trying to make this work, and the system is still not working.
The sad thing is that it all sounds too familiar. How much more unnecessary spending and wasted time are going to be thrown at bad financial decisions before we, the people of Reno, stand up and say “enough is enough”. Our city is $580,000,000.00 in debt. That number is unreal enough as it is and in the face of such debt, any questionable spending at the very least, warrants a “second look”. We really need an injection of common sense into Reno politics.
Part of the reason I decided to write about both my recent finding of government misappropriation of funds, and Reno’s poor decisions regarding spending in general, is that the misappropriation was not reported on whatsoever by local media outlets.
At the end of the day, I’m going to do whatever it takes to point out bad financial decisions when I see them, and ensure that our tax dollars are being spent in the best way possible.
Earlier this summer, Eddie Lorton, who is running for Reno mayor, told the Reno City Council that 33 of the city’s fire hydrants were not working.
Reno has roughly 9,400 fire hydrants, according Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez.
“Some of these hydrants are very, very old, and obtaining parts for them is very difficult,” Hernandez said in a recent interview…
Eddie Lorton honors fallen officers by helping change the Reno arch lights blue for the month of May 2013.
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Respected local business owner and champion of the people, Eddie Lorton, announces his entry into the Reno Mayoral race!
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