Another Jefferson Parish inside fix: Veolia Transportation's bus bid was 10% high. Once again the taxpayers get shafted.
‘Gate’s insightful comment today on the Veolia Transportation contract can be found here. Rich Rainey’s story for the Times Picayune on this can be found here. Here is a lengthy excerpt from ‘Gate’s comment on the old Mamoulides post I made sticky today:
JE VU…River Birch…
I had commented earlier on this matter with similar feelings that I have now…I am becoming suspect when I read these quotes from Young:
“…Veolia puts Jefferson in a better position to work with its neighbors St. John the Baptist, St. Charles and Orleans parishes, which all use Veolia for their public transit systems.”
“Obviously now that we all have the same provider, we may have the opportunity to be an actual regional system and not just one in name only,” he said.
Just like the savings the Parish was going to get from awarding River Birch it’s illegal contract, we are being told what a wonderful future it will be to have the same provider as neighboring Parishes. It ain’t going to happen, you know it and I know it. Jefferson Parish Officials are notorious for not co-operating with adjoining Parishes; our politico thug pigs want it all !
THEN I READ the names that I had cited earlier…names like Gandolfi, Ward, Dwyer and Bolotte are suspect as I noted reasons in my earlier comment:
“The exact terms and costs of the deal were not immediately known Wednesday. The evaluation committee was comprised of Finance Director Gwen Bolotte, Transit Director Ryan Brown, Chief Administrative Assistant Darryl Ward, Research and Budget Director Alan Gandolfi, Assistant Parish Attorney Jeremy Dwyer, Albert Roussell with the Transit Department and Sidney Duffy with the Purchasing Department.”
AND THEN THERE’S the routine 7-0 vote by the Council Clowns:
“With a unanimous vote, the seven-member panel chose Veolia over rival MV Transportation Inc. The companies were the only two to submit proposals to Parish President John Young’s administration”
BUT IT WAS YOUNG’S LYING THAT really put my mind in gear:
“Young said that while he was unaware of the connection between Lagniappe and Veolia, he had called for a public proposal process to root out any conflicts of interest.”
This is as blatant a lie that Young has ever told. He was Councilman-at-Large at the time the Council voted to have Gruntz and Gandolfi send out letters to all Parish venders asking them to submit in writing, any connections that they may have had with Lagniappe. A report was made public at a Council meeting disclosing the names of the various vendors such as River Birch, Fleming Construction and of course, Veolia. I can’t decide who knee-jerks more to lie when confronted with the facts, Young or Lagasse.