The Jefferson Station project that is turning an abandoned grocery store into a new city police station and new library has been controversial because of the unusual combination of facilities it will have.
Less well known is that project’s manager was chosen without the traditional bid process.
This no-bid process is a growing trend among local governments to move away from the traditional construction bid process to a no-bid system, often called “Construction Manager” by insiders.
The Jefferson City Council awarded a $6 million Construction Management contract to former Jackson County engineer Don Clerici’s BM&K Construction and Engineering in August this year. The council designated BM&K as its Project Manager last December.
But are taxpayers really being protected when local governments use a no-bid system?
For the full story, see the Oct. 23rd issue of The Jackson Herald.