Springfield Mayor Mike Houston says he understands the concerns raised by two aldermen about the validity of the city's deal with NAPA Auto Parts... but nonetheless is standing by the deal, and is asking aldermen to do the same.
Houston sent a memo to the City Council Tuesday confirming that an error by the city's purchasing staff mischaracterized the legal basis for entering into that no-bid, $3.75 million deal with NAPA to stock the city's new consolidated garage. Even so, Houston says he accepts the judgment of Corporation Counsel Todd Greenburg that the contract is valid.
Houston is asking aldermen to reaffirm the deal with another vote. But if they decline to do so, Houston says he will invoke the contract's cancellation clause and re-bid it. That would add delay and cost to the effort to consolidated the city's garage operations under one roof, according to the mayor.