And worse, Bay St Louis City Councilmen conducting the public’s business in secret being defensive upon hearing (well deserved) criticism for holding closed door meetings with no public notice with vendors discussing a large contract (or a quorum of the Council being wined and dined by developer Jim MacPhaille at a meeting discussing one of his proposed real estate developments).
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When Knoblock questioned DeSalvo on who initiated the meeting with Delta Water, things got a bit heated.
“I’m not going to get into this political argument with you Mr. Knoblock,” DeSalvo said. “They met at my office.”
“Who was there?” Knoblock asked.
“Myself and them,” DeSalvo said.
“Was the council president notified?” Knoblock asked.
“I notified everybody that they were coming at the (previous) meeting,” DeSalvo said.
“I’m just saying that if you’re going to negotiate contracts, that’s a council procedure,” Knoblock said.
Worse is the City Attorney that would advise a City Council to not bid large contracts just because the law says you don’t have to bid them. It would be nice if public officials would treat the public’s money with the same respect they treat their own.
“Mr. Mayor, you didn’t listen to everything I said,” Reed said. “I said I heard her stand up there and I heard her say things word for word that was in that contract. I did not say they did (read or copy the contract) so don’t go back and say that I said it. I said she said some things that were word for word. I didn’t say she read their contract.”
“But you said you didn’t like the way it was done,” Favre snapped back.
“I don’t like the way it was done,” Reed repeated.
“I’m saying this was up and up. Nothing was done illegally,” Favre said.
Mr. Mayor, would that exchange have been possible if both companies had appeared publicly before the council and given their best offers? Closed door meetings with Mayor-for-a-day City Councilmen discussing contracts with would be vendors breed that kind of speculation and for good reason. The Optics are terrible.
Slabbed will be following this developing story.