South Waikato News - - OPINION -

I seem to have ruf­fled the feath­ers of Cr Bell.

Not know­ing where to contact her to dis­cuss her con­cerns, my only re­course is to re­spond through the same me­dia in which she lev­elled her criticism.

Yes, I used the term, ‘‘jobs for the boys’’.

A purely rhetor­i­cal phrase, not im­ply­ing any­thing in the way of cor­rup­tion that she sug­gests. It is an old ex­pres­sion, sug­gest­ing that un­less a con­tract is awarded as a suc­cess­ful bid based on a clearly de­fined spec­i­fi­ca­tion that gives all would-be ten­der­ers the same ba­sis for their sub­mis­sion, there would be po­ten­tial for favouritism.

In dis­cus­sions with our mayor, I told him that coun­cil staff didn’t ap­pear to fol­low up, by way of in­spec­tion, the work car­ried out by con­trac­tors; an ab­so­lute ne­ces­sity as the fi­nal stage in the con­trac­tual process.

The ex­am­ple I gave him was the con­trac­tor sweep­ing the roads, who would of­ten fail to sweep small cul-de-sacs off the main roads, prob­a­bly know­ing full well that no-one would be check­ing up.

In this case I would contact coun­cil and the

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