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May 21, 2018

Letter to the editor

Dear Editor,

On June 10th the Lawrence Co. BOE held a special meeting where they gave the bid of grass mowing to Lawn Express which was not the low bidder.

Why have something called a bid when they knew from the beginning who they were going to hire?

The BOE requested bids on the yearly lawn mowing for all of the school grounds. There was special criteria that each company had to have and the 3 companies that met all criteria and bid were Webb Mowing, who turned in a bid for 1,900.50 a month, Lawn Express bid 1,799.00 a month and M & W Lawn Care bid 1,700.00.

The BOE had a special meeting after the bids were turned in and changed it from a bid to a point system. The point system was based on manpower, equipment and how much they currently mow. Lawn Express got the job according to their point system. It would be hard to beat them since they mowed for the Board of Education last year.

By the way, they agreed to get it done in three and a half days where M & W Lawn Care said they could do it in one and a half days.

The question that remains unanswered is why call it a bid? The state requires for them to bid the job, yet they picked who they wanted for it. They even changed the rules at the end of the game.

After all of the cuts that the Lawrence County Board of Education is facing why are the taxpayers paying $400 more a month for the grass to be mowed at our schools?

Mike and Wilma Hughes

Louisa, Ky.

Comments  

0 #21 AMAZING 2018-05-29 14:33
Quoting Make A Change:
You all have a voice!! When the voter turnout is 27.3% we are not using our voices to do what is right. People VOTE THIS CORRUPT BOARD OUT!! It’s that simple.

I voted and I remember hearing and looked at the voting numbers a different way: Over 72% of the people in Kentucky are letting a little over 27% of the people make the decisions at the polls!!!! This is a good way to look at it!!
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+2 #20 Resident 2018-05-28 15:36
Quoting Right Citizen:
Vote these clowns out. Sick of them wasting my tax dollars. Send Fletcher packing too.

These board members are a disgrace to all Lawrence Countians.
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+8 #19 Right Citizen 2018-05-27 12:35
Vote these clowns out. Sick of them wasting my tax dollars. Send Fletcher packing too.
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+7 #18 Out to lunch 2018-05-26 22:56
Lawrence co. School please count the tax’s payers money not yours
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+8 #17 Citizen 2018-05-26 20:37
I agree with the Not taking the lowest bid is Bad for Business, but enough of 'well it is taxpayers money. I work for the School system and I pay just as many taxes as You all do but what is the Problem is You vote them in so You get what You vote in.
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+9 #16 LOL 2018-05-26 15:58
Repeat after me. Kick Backs
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+12 #15 Bidders 2018-05-23 22:59
Everyone or anyone who is awarded the bid is required to abide by a contract. This dictates all services provided not whether the contractor chooses to do a great job. The contractor does work according to the contract or there will be consequences. I'm certain M&W would do as well as anyone. They weren't given a fair chance. If Mike or Wilma was a minority they would OWN the Lawrence County school system. Looks like being an honest hard working white couple gets you nothing not even a fair chance.
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+8 #14 TaxpYet 2018-05-23 21:11
Quoting Dog71:
Just because a company, organization, school district or whoever announces that they are accepting bids that doesn't mean the lowest bid has to be chosen.
You may get a low bid and end up with crappy service from the bidder. These bids are designed to give a generalized idea of what the cost is going to be to get a job done. I would rather accept a bid for a few hundred dollars more if it meant better oversell service. Is the board wasteful? Absolutely. There are district jobs that are a total waste of
taxpayer money, and those high paying salaries are probably a lot of the reason that classified workers can't get a raise and are stuck at poverty level working 20,25,30 years or more for $10 an hour, and it will never change as long as there is such a big payout on frivolous district jobs that have little to no impact on education. It's been that way for 50 years. I worked there all through the 90s, and it's the same ol movie but with different actors. I think the name of the movie is "The Buddy System"



You don’t know whether it’s crappy service or BETTER SERVICE until you award it, then you deal with it if you have to. I for one used to put bid packages together for services using the public’s money. I would have found myself UNDER the jail if I didn’t take the low bid. No different here. You are using TAXPAYERS money.
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+12 #13 Agree 2018-05-23 21:06
Quoting Lower Bidders:
The lowest bidder should file a lawsuit against the LCBOE and the superintendent. Isn't that what the county attorney is for? Unjust treatment of the counties constituents.

Go for it Mike, file a law suit against them.
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+11 #12 Justgrass 2018-05-23 20:03
Anyone can cut grass, let’s all quit acting as though you need a degree to mow grass. Take the lowest professional bid and move on, not the highest one because they have “experience” cutting grass, lmao. It’s just too obvious what’s going on.
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+12 #11 Make A Change 2018-05-23 17:22
You all have a voice!! When the voter turnout is 27.3% we are not using our voices to do what is right. People VOTE THIS CORRUPT BOARD OUT!! It’s that simple.
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+11 #10 Dog71 2018-05-23 04:48
Just because a company, organization, school district or whoever announces that they are accepting bids that doesn't mean the lowest bid has to be chosen.
You may get a low bid and end up with crappy service from the bidder. These bids are designed to give a generalized idea of what the cost is going to be to get a job done. I would rather accept a bid for a few hundred dollars more if it meant better oversell service. Is the board wasteful? Absolutely. There are district jobs that are a total waste of taxpayer money, and those high paying salaries are probably a lot of the reason that classified workers can't get a raise and are stuck at poverty level working 20,25,30 years or more for $10 an hour, and it will never change as long as there is such a big payout on frivolous district jobs that have little to no impact on education. It's been that way for 50 years. I worked there all through the 90s, and it's the same ol movie but with different actors. I think the name of the movie is "The Buddy System"
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+13 #9 Lower Bidders 2018-05-23 00:04
The lowest bidder should file a lawsuit against the LCBOE and the superintendent. Isn't that what the county attorney is for? Unjust treatment of the counties constituents.
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+11 #8 Tax payer 2018-05-22 23:13
Remember tax payers that the nickle tax for the new school will be on the ballot in November. Why should we as taxpayers pay this tax if the school system is going to waste our money anyway? Do some research and look at the money wasted in lawn care alone over the last three years. This is not just the superintendent allowing this to happen. At least two of the board members have personal and other business relationships with Mr Williams so the previous comment about the old buddy buddy deal is exactly why this continues to happen.
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+8 #7 Answer for him 2018-05-22 19:35
Quoting Confused:
According to your letter, it sounds like they are paying $99 a month more and not $400?? Could you explain the math?



Its $99.00 per week. Also it is stated in the letter that they then went back and done it on a point system according to equipment and other work. First off it is NONE of their business. If I were to bid and get it, I would buy more equipment and hire more people if need be. Again that is none of their business and of no concern unless it is in the bid package. The board needs to address this issue and go back and reward it to the LOW bidder. I for one WILL report it to a higher authority. When you use taxpayer money you are doing WRONG if it is not awarded to the low bidder, Plain and Simple.
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+5 #6 TheWholeStory 2018-05-22 15:48
The math of $99 vs $400 has me confused also....
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+13 #5 Buddy Deal 2018-05-22 15:07
It’s the old buddy-buddy deal folks, it’s that simple. Proof's in the pudding, this same thing has been going on for several years. BOE needs to answer exactly why they pick George Williams over lower bidders with the same or more qualifications. Frankfort, Facebook, Twitter, spread the word, there needs to be audits at every level in the LC school system, athletics, where’s the $$ go? Who’s in charge?
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+1 #4 Confused 2018-05-22 04:17
According to your letter, it sounds like they are paying $99 a month more and not $400?? Could you explain the math?
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+11 #3 Superintendent 2018-05-22 00:52
Come on Dr. Fletcher step up to the plate and answer this same question many have been asking all along. The taxpayers deserve an answer. If you will not stand up then maybe a board member will. This lawn mowing thing stinks. Come on school board fix this mess. Everyone who sees a board member or superintendent should ask them to their face. This is not fair.
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+12 #2 True 2018-05-22 00:06
LC Politics! We all know how that works. They obviously do NOT care about the $ or cuts.
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+12 #1 Agree 2018-05-21 22:50
I totally agree. This board is corrupt. When you do not take the low bid you are not spending the tax payers money like it is supposed to be spent. I do not care what they say or how they say it. To take a higher bid is not right. Also having an inside track such as Mr. Preston is not right either. I can only hope that this is reported to the state. But then again they will just weasel out of it. For Mr. Fletcher to let this go on shows he doesn’t care about Lawrence County Tax Payers hard earned money. And I am not in any type of business that would benefit from anything the board put out for bid. Mike, I can only wish you would personally take this issue to Frankfort.
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