Tuesday, May 28, 2013

City Panel Demands More Information on Towing Bids Before Approving Contract of California Towning Company

Previously I reported how AutoReturn,  a San Francisco towing company that had hired a lobbyist from Barnes & Thornburg, the law firm which all but runs Indianapolis city government, had won the bid for the city's lucrative towing contract.  City officials indicated they would not disclose the other bids until after the AutoReturn contract was approved.

Apparently someone forgot to tell the Board of Code Enforcement that the Board was simply supposed to rubber stamp the deal.  The Indianapolis Business Journal reports:
The Indianapolis Board of Code Enforcement put off voting on a new citywide towing-management contract Thursday after members said they wanted more information about the bids from San Francisco-based AutoReturn and its local competitors.

“In light of what’s happened in city government in the last week, we need more oversight,” board member Susan Blair said, referencing the federal indictments of two Department of Metropolitan Development employees alleged to have accepted kickbacks in Land Bank deals.
Kudos to the Board and to Susan Blair, the long-time Pike Township Resident Association President and former Republican candidate for City-County Council, for setting aside the rubber stamp and demanding some oversight.  It sure would be nice to know the other bids before the AutoReturn contract is approved.


Had Enough Indy? said...

Yes, this is excellent oversight by the Code Enforcement Board. Kudos to Blair and here cohorts are warranted, indeed.

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