Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Murky Vehicle Maintenance Contract to Renew in September

Nearly three years after the City of San Angelo contracted out its vehicle parts department City Council heard information about the arrangement.

In May 2014 City Council approved negotiating with NAPA-Barron Services for vehicle parts and supply management.  The item had no discussion and passed in the consent agenda upon motion by Don Vardeman and seconded by Charlotte Farmer.

The background packet stated:

"The financial impact will be finalized through the negotiation process."
I requested this information after hearing Operations Director Shane Kelton describe the arrangement.  The city could not produce any documents showing the promised financial impact of this arrangement.  It did produce a contract which differed from details shared by Kelton.

"That management fee is set.... about $40,000."
The contract calls for NAPA Barron to be paid in two ways:

A search of the city's website produced amounts paid to NAPA for a six month period.  There appears to be two checks per month and over the half year period the city paid NAPA nearly $500,000.

Hopefully City Council will get the promised financial impact before the contract is renewed.  The initial three year period is up on September 26, 2017. 

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