The city is rebidding its sidewalk repair program and that’s just peachy by City Councilman Pete Spain who makes a pitch for taxpayers to solicit their own bids from contractors for the best price.
From Spain’s Facebook page:
“We have people saying, ‘I could get my own (contractor) and get a better price,” Ricci said. “Perhaps it’s more fair to let them.”
Added suggestions to the City of Bridgeport, CT – Government (Tom Gaudett, Ed Adams, or whoever else may read this and have some decision-making influence):
Yes, it’s more fair if you allow them to solicit bids on their own from Connecticut contractors, if they wish, and to benefit from the 50/50 program as well.
Remember: It’s called a “REPAIR” program, not a “REPLACE” program. Don’t waste on Taj Mahal sidewalk projects. Do quality work in the high-priority spots, but don’t pour 4x the needed concrete because it’s a nice grab for the contractor.
Start with the sidewalks where the city has had to pay out sizable sidewalk trip-and-fall settlements — such as one in my district where the trip occurred in 2013, was paid out in 2015 (nearly half a million $$$,$$$), and the “trip” hazard remains unfixed. Talk about being put on notice!
Revise the 30-day notification do-it-or-else letters. It’s not fair to stress out our citizens needlessly. Collaborate, don’t grind them down into submission and send them into the madhouse and/or poor house.