So, Mr. Campbell of Lumalex just wanders in off the street, approaches Spectra management and says “You have a need, I have the cure.” I think not.
Where was the need? The present lighting was only seven years old. The curling rink lighting and that of the rink at McClaren Park is 35 years old.
Is it at all possible to get full disclosure regarding the purchase of LED lighting for the South Okanagan Events Centre complex?
The mayor gives one story. It is contradicted by SOEC management. Who is telling the truth? I filed an FOI last September. The package I received from City Hall contained no bid tender, and one bid only, not two, not three. SOEC management spent 18 months researching, testing and evaluating lighting and nobody at City Hall was aware of what was going on? That strains credibility almost to the breaking point.
The City’s budget estimated facility lighting upgrades at $150,000 for 2013, 2014 and 2015, not $500,000 as the mayor quoted in your article ofnMarch 9.
In addition, the mayor said “that perhaps council should have held a vote on whether to sole-source the contract.” Mr. Jakubeit informed me that he does not recall any mention of the purchase in chambers.
What about the City’s treasury staff? Were they not alarmed at the size of the invoices coming from SOEC? And, what about the sizable energy rebate from Fortis — where did that money go?
Complete disclosure is called for, not “a mistake was made” quote from the mayor.