Apr 8 2013

Opinion: Piedmont Needs a Risk Management Policy

Citizen letter to the City Council, as it continues to consider adopting a Risk Management Policy – 

Dear Piedmont City Council,

re: April 1, 2013 Risk Management Policy Agenda Item

City Policy of enforcing agreements: This aspect is not included in this policy report. As of June 2012, PRFO  [Piedmont Recreational Facilities Organization] owed the City $220,000 with $31,400 in additional legal costs directly incurred as a result of their project through November 2012. What is the City Policy in regards to enforcing arbitration clauses in signed agreements?

Page 13 as Exhibit B (p. 2) Project Manager: A critical missing aspect is a strong and unequivocal policy that protects and serves the public interest. The construction project manager for the Blair Park Sports Complex project was to be a member of the primary donor family.

Page 15 as Exhibit B (p. 4) RFP: What is the City’s current Request for Proposal Policy? The last Council meeting brought forth a million dollar project – Automatic License Plate Readers – that had no RFP. The single vendor contacted conducted the assessment of what is needed and then produced a preliminary bid.

Page 21 LWV [League of Women Voters] Report as Exhibit C (p. 1) Transparent Government: There must be a clear and stated policy at Piedmont City Hall of open and transparent government that is actively adhered to. Most residents are not actively involved in monitoring City Hall and should not have to rely on a few concerned residents using Public Record Requests to obtain the such documents as the City/PRFO Indemnification/Reimbursement agreement and the WILTEC Peer Review concerning the Blair Park Project.

Page 22 LWV Report as Exhibit C (p. 2) Staff Withholding Reports: The attached May 28, 2010, WILTEC/Moses Wilson Peer Review was withheld from the public by staff. A reasonable person will conclude this report is critical of one of the prime areas of contention with the Blair Park Project: Traffic.  Regardless of individual assessment, why was this report withheld?

I request Council query Staff as to why the Wiltec Report was withheld.


Rick Schiller, Piedmont Resident

Editors Note:  The opinions expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of the Piedmont Civic Association.

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