The Norman Transcript


April 23, 2013

Animal Oversight Committee left out of final plans before bids done



Board members knew some of the items on the list would not happen or didn’t have to happen right away, such as the emergency generator, the sally port and synthetic turf.

“We decided the very first meeting the generator was out,” Golden said.

Board members also said they discussed possibly having a fundraiser later for the synthetic turf area for the animals. They also discussed that the sally port would be a luxury but wasn’t a necessity.

Golden said she thought they had enough money for everything, they were assured by Tevis Architects that they did and then were told they didn’t need to have any more meetings. Two and a half months later,a bunch of changes were made and no one on the board was made aware of them.

“Where did this system break down?” Golden said. “I feel like this is a purposeful misleading of this board.”

After Deputy Chief Jim Maisano, supervisor of the project, and City Manager Steve Lewis were asked to join the meeting, some of the hard feelings began to be alleviated.

Maisano told board members Tevis said a list of optional items needed to be put together so the bids would come in low enough. It also helps so that the project will not have to be rebid, which often frustrates bidders, Lewis said.

“I apologize for the lack of communication,” Lewis told board members.

Everyone decided board members Golden and Carter would put together the committee’s list of things they felt were priorities for the facility and send it to Maisano. They also will attend the opening of bids at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Conference Room in Building C at the City of Norman Municipal Complex, 201 W. Gray St.

Maisano said after they take all the bids, they will be put into a spreadsheet with the items on the optional list and try to find the best value for the money available. The opened bids will be discussed at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the City of Norman Municipal Complex, which Golden and Carter plan to attend.

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