I started not to write this post but sometimes you have to respond to totally incorrect information. A local citizen, referred to by many as the “Village Idiot”, recently presented the court with a letter during public participation. He then later sent a letter to the editor to local papers that was basically a duplicate of his request to the court.
In his comments he refers to purchases made by a Commissioner involving two tractors one front end loader and two shredders. He also indicates, “Purchases need to go through a bid process.” The tone of his letter indicates he believes the bid process was not followed.
However, he does not let you know that a BuyBoard created by legislation allows members to purchase equipment through the BuyBoard. He also likes to throw around the terms compliance and transparency. The following is a direct quote from the BuyBoard web page.
“Compliance and transparency
Contracts and vendors awarded through BuyBoard have been competitively procured, so members automatically have compliance with Texas local and state procurement requirements and a documented audit trail. Transparency in the procurement process is treated with a high degree of focus and is of paramount importance. All vendors are treated on equal terms and are on the same plane of competition.”