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'I doubt they needed to go as far as they did'to the editor,
Posted October 22, 2012
Having read the letter by Ms. Naujok last week about the changes to the concessions in Beeton and Tottenham, I am quite surprised this has happened at all.
I have no problem with the Town taking these concessions out to competitive bid, but I also understand that these vendors appear to be providing a good service at a very fair price, but respectfully that is not the point.
Those entrusted with responsibilities for the public good need to not only follow the proper protocols, but also to be "seen" to ensure that the town and its citizens are getting the best service possible, and the only way to do that is with a fair, open and transparent bidding process. So kudos to the town for keeping everything above board.
The problem however here really lies in the actions taken to cease service to the citizens of New Tecumseth without having the new vendor in place. I understand that the contract may have expired and that would have insurance, regulatory and political implications, however I doubt they needed to go as far as they did.
I am sure a short term contract extension of a few months could have been hammered out, or possibly(even likely) the previous contract had a provision for overruns as these things can fall through the cracks from time to time, and nobody really wants to spoil a good relationship with a quality vendor by any rash actions.
If the Town still has not even put out the tender on this file, and these things usually take a significant amount of time to write, put out, receive, review and award, we could be looking at some months before services resume, leaving these vendors, citizens, and the town out the service, income and rent for some time to come.
Perhaps we should give this vendor a short term contract to cover the anticipated time of the bid process. It would be a win, win, win outcome.