The San Angelo City Council awarded two construction contracts worth a combined $2 million to Stoddard Construction Management in their January 17 council meeting. The minutes show:
AWARD BID COSADC-01-11 BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTER RENOVATION AND CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT TO STODDARD CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT, INC IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $1,334,942.00 FOR CONSTRUCTION RENOVATIONS ON THE FORMER COKE BUILDING AT 69 N. CHADBOURNE
AUTHORIZATION FOR ADDITIONAL PROJECT FUNDS IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED$160,000.00 TO COVER COSTS OF ADDITIONAL WORK INCLUDING A NEW ROOF AND FACADE/GLASS STOREFRONT, INCREASED CONTINGENCY FEES, AND INCREASED ARCHITECTURAL FEES
AWARD OF A BID FOR PK-02-11 /RIO VISTA PARK RENOVATION TO STODDARD CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT, INC. (BULVERDE, TX) IN THE AMOUNT OF $572,500.00
Purchasing Manager Roger Banks explained the local preference option was not part of the bid process (in relation to the Rio Vista project).
Stoddard received over $2 million in business after council reconvened from Executive Session. The company already had a virtual lock on city construction projects:
City Hall Renovations - $9.1 million
Fire Station #5 and #7 - $3.9 million
City Hall renovations grew dramatically from the $9.1 million. For the week ending 7-16-10:
City awarded the $12,979,779 renovation contract to Stoddard Construction Management Inc.
In July 2011 the City approved a change order. Council minutes show approval of "Change Order #1, as amended for the total project amount of $1,874,135.96" for HVAC for City Plaza buildings, a central heating and cooling plant, and Auditorium renovations. This was new work for Stoddard, gotten without competitive bid.
What are the odds that one company would win nearly all of San Angelo's construction projects over a two year period? That's over $20 million in taxpayer funded business.
One local citizen believes a potential conflict of interest exists with Stoddard and Assistant City Manager Elizabeth Grindstaff. Oddly, two leaders who shepherded City Hall renovations may be gone when the new City Hall opens in April.