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business manager Skip Daly will address the Sparks city council today.
View it live on Charter digital cable channels
15 and 215 or on demand at SNCAT.org
UPDATE 4:43 p.m. PDT (23:43 ZULU GMT) 6-22-2009
Councilmember Ron Schmidt said he would put revocation of all bids
up for a vote at the 6 July 2009 council meeting, implicitly admitting
that the union is right and that the purchasing manager had no authority.
City attorney Adams changed his original statements. Where the city last
week said the bids had been withdrawn, today Adams said "the contract
has been cancelled." Whose? What that means is anyone's guess. (Watch
KRNV TV-4 this evening and the Sparks
Tribune and Reno Gannett-Journal tomorrow.)
Daly v. Adams on KRNV TV-4's website
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
RICHARD "SKIP" DALY (775) 856-0169 ext. 114
filed against City of Sparks over improper bidding of major Spanish
Springs construction project
Sparks resident and labor leader Richard "Skip"
Daly has filed an action in Washoe District Court to force
the City of Sparks to follow state law in awarding a major construction
The document was filed
late Thursday in Washoe District Court by attorney Michael
Langton on behalf of Daly as an individual and on behalf Laborers'
Union Local 169, where Daly serves as business manager.
The court is being asked to direct the City of Sparks "to
accept the lawful bids of contractors who submitted a bid to construct
the federally funded Spanish Springs Sanitary Sewer Phase 3 Project,"
a $7.5 million public work.
still copyright © 2007 Sarkes-Tarzian, Inc.
of the 10 bidders were properly licensed as contractors. However,
the apparent low bidder was not properly licensed as a contractor
under the laws of Nevada, voiding that proposal.
"Rather than following the law and recommending that the
city council award the contract to the next qualified bidder,
the city's purchasing manager decided on his own to reject all
bids and re-open the entire project," Daly said.
"The action of the purchasing manager was in excess of
his authority under Sparks Municipal Code 2.25.150,"
Daly said. 
heart of the issue is that Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) mandate
that only the public body or its authorized representative responsible
for awarding the project can reject a bid," Daly said.
[NRS 338.1385 (6) (d)]
"The city's purchasing manager did not have the authority
to do what he did," Daly said.
"Unfortunately, City Attorney Chet Adams is recklessly
backing the improper, unauthorized, and in my opinion, illegal
actions of the purchasing manager. This is not only costing
the city money but also delaying the flow of badly needed stimulus
dollars into the northern Nevada economy.
"The decision to reject any bid should have gone to the
full city council. We want the council to review the bids and
we want it to happen now," the lifelong Sparks resident
The filing asserts that "The City of Sparks had a duty
to award the bid on the project to the entity that was the lowest
responsive bidder and that submitted its bid in accordance with
Nevada law as required in the Request for Bids
.it is (our)
understanding that such rebid will occur on or about July 8,
Daly asks that the court issue a writ of mandamus compelling
Sparks to award the contract to the lowest legal bidder or,
in the alternative, issue a writ of prohibition preventing Sparks
from rebidding "until it has complied with the laws of
the State of Nevada."
Copies of the filing
are available upon request or may be downloaded from NevadaLabor.com
 Sparks Municipal Code 2.25.150 (E) states "The city
manager as chief administrative officer or purchasing manager
as the principal designated authorized representative are authorized
to execute contracts providing for an expenditure of less than
twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000.00) unless otherwise provided
by ordinance or direction of the city council."
BUILT THIS CITY Laborers' Union Local 169 members
Fidencio Ramos and Todd Ravencroft work on the Sparks Marina
12, 1999 / NevadaLabor.com photo)
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