Do you remember the big rush for the commission to pass a resolution authorizing the purchasing agent to issue a request for qualification (RFQ) for architectural planning and/or design services for the manufactured crisis of jail overcrowding because commissioners might have to sit in deposition in federal court?
Do you remember that the purchasing agent said she could issue the RFQ without commission approval? (Wasn’t this suppose to be done in a hurry? Why ask for commission approval if it wasn’t needed and this needed to be done in a hurry?)
Do you remember the purchasing agent saying that 30 days was sufficient time to issue the RFQ when questions were asked because this had to be done in a big hurry to appease the Tennessee Corrections Institute (TCI) Board of Control?
Do you remember it taking 12 weeks for the purchasing agent to issue the RFQ?
Well after the great big rush to issue the RFQ to buy time as Mike Caylor put it and set aside (assign) $2 million without asking the public or the commission what they think (except for asking them to approve and RFQ that the purchasing agent said she can issue without commission approval) it appears that the courthouse clique really is trying to buy time. Today marks the 6 month point of the commission approving the RFQ.
The submissions are in but no Evaluation Team has been empaneled to evaluate the companies. Neither the commission nor the Blount County Corrections Partnership identified what Blount County needed before handing this manufactured crisis to the Purchasing Department to deal with. It appears that wasn’t such a grand idea/plan after all.
What’s the hold up?
Director of General Services Don Stallions told me that the Evaluation Team hasn’t been empaneled yet because they are still looking for citizens to serve on the team. Apparently its hard to find a few citizens in a county with a population of about 125,000. Yeah, it doesn’t make sense to me either but would you expect anything different from these people?
TCI Director Beth Ashe said that the Board of Control looks for measurable progress. How is 6 months of nothing but the status quo (keeping discretionary inmates on slates and/or the floor, setting another million aside, the BCCP doing nothing, etc.) measureable progress?