The water meter project evolved in a similar manner. The Board never discussed or voted going out to bid for engineers and, to my knowledge, was it never advertised. Regardless of this two bids were received, but only one bid was presented to the Board at the August meeting. Some Board members were not aware of the second bid. The presented bid was accepted, but included $11,128 of “estimated” costs; not a fixed bid.
This is not the way elected officials are supposed to be dealing with taxpayers money, nor is it the way to function as a Board. Bartley stated that we’re in a “ war of words “, but I prefer to think it’s a debate of law and the proper legal methods of elected officials.