Supporters of Good Government:
The Jefferson Parish Council will meet this Wednesday, June 25th at 10 a.m. on the East Bank at the Yenni Building. Citizens for Good Government will again present summary information from our Campaign Contribution Table shown below. Total campaign contributions of $449,266 were made during the past four years to our councilmen by contractors and subcontractors on whom the councilmembers are scheduled to vote at the June 25th council meeting.
Because consideration of a comprehensive Request for Proposal (RFP) reform ordinance was deferred several months ago until September, and there was opposition to some of the reforms in the ordinance, Citizens for Good Government is concerned that none of the needed reforms to the contracting process will ever be implemented. CFGG has therefore been waging a campaign in recent months to pressure the Jefferson Parish Council to at least start the process of implementing reforms in the contracting process by passing an ordinance to reinstate price in the evaluation and ranking of Request for Proposal (RFP) submittals. Because published reports indicated that this reform was supported by both the council and by the administration, CFGG felt that implementation of this reform should be possible.
Because we were not able to convince any of the councilmembers to introduce this ordinance, CFGG Vice-Chairman Margie Seemann publicly asked Councilman Roberts at the May 27th council meeting if he would introduce such an ordinance, and he responded that he would “look at it.” Then at the June 12th council meeting, CFGG Chairman Margaret Baird spoke again about the need for an ordinance which restored price to the RFP evaluation process, with the intention of reminding Councilman Roberts about his comments at the previous meeting. However, he twice interrupted her stating that there was an item that was going to be read into summary at that council meeting which was addressing the issue about which Margaret was speaking. We accepted Councilman Roberts statements as fact and were jubilant that something was finally being done to start the reform process. However, such an ordinance was NOT read into summary at the end of the council meeting, and there is therefore no ordinance on the Agenda for the June 26th council meeting to reinstate price in the RFP evaluation process. What a disappointment! We will have to address this issue at the June 26th council meeting to find out what happened.
Vice-Chairman, Citizens for Good Government