After a letter from CIFAC, the City of Ukiah decided to bid a $71,000 paving and sidewalk project. This work had previously been listed in a change order, but CIFAC was able to convince the agency to bid the work.
On January 17, Northern Regional Compliance Manager, Maghan Hunt was contacted about a change order pertaining to the work being done at the Grace Hudson Museum. The person said they were concerned because the paving and sidewalk work listed in the change order was not part of the original scope of work.
Hunt looked into the matter and agreed. She wrote the Ukiah City Manager and City Council a letter outlining her concerns and submitted it a few hours ahead of the meeting. The item was pulled from the consent calendar at the January 17 meeting.
On February 2, Hunt received an email from the Director of Purchasing. She explained that even though the City’s attorney said they were within their right to add the work via a change order, the City would be putting the project out to bid. Hunt checked the February 7 City Council agenda, and noted the project is listed as an agenda item with the recommendation to put the work out to bid.
Hunt was very happy with the outcome. “Area contractors now get the opportunity to bid a project not listed in the original scope of work instead of the work being performed via a change order,” Hunt said.
“I greatly appreciate the City of Ukiah vetting my concerns and making a decision that ultimately benefits the community,” she added.