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No information for the public on the Lakeville fire house bid …

I requested to see the sole bid on the Lakeville fire house … here is what First Selectman Rand replied (June 16,2011)

Hello Mike 

I write this in response to the message of June 14th requesting a copy of the bid submitted in response to the Town’s bid solicitation for the purchase of the real property located at 9 and 9a Sharon Rd, Lakeville, Connecticut.

I have determined and certified that the public interest in disclosure of the bid is outweighed by the public interest in the confidentiality of the bid.  Therefore, the bid is exempt from disclosure under Connecticut General Statutes section 1-210(b)(24), and I must decline your request.

I am hopeful that any negotiation will be successful, but in any event at the conclusion of the  negotiation or signing of a contract, whichever occurs earlier, the bid will be available.

I would hope that any negotiation would be completed within a week, but can’t guarantee this. The BoS has not set any meeting to decide about going forward with a Town Meeting to consider a sale; when these details are known I will let you know.

Thanks
Curtis Rand

Here is what the statute says (this is in reference to FOI exceptions):

Responses to any request for proposals or bid solicitation issued by a public  agency or any record or file made by a public agency in connection with the contract  award process, until such contract is executed or negotiations for the award of such  contract have ended, whichever occurs earlier, provided the chief executive officer of  such public agency certifies that the public interest in the disclosure of such responses,  record or file is outweighed by the public interest in the confidentiality of such responses,  record or file;

This section refers to ‘contract awards’ NOT the sale of Town property.  Further there is only one bid.  Had their been more, there would have been a public auction at which such details would have been revealed.

I do not understand what the big secret is here … I shall be discussing this with the FOI Commission tomorrow.

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One thought on “No information for the public on the Lakeville fire house bid …

  1. Robert Flint Jr on said:

    dear Mike i agree with u 100% the fire house has always been a public facility and the public should have all rights to see what is going on with it why is this even a political issue in the first place it is property of the town is it not? i think the town has a right to know who is the soul bidder and what there intentions are for this building.

    Thanks

    Robert Flint Jr

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