It was NOT surprising to see the council majority of Guenther, Simpson, Sera & Bew… OK with the improper / non-legal advertising of the bid.
What was surprising /sad though, was watching the opposition party of McClay & Withers… vote for the obviously non-compliant / illegal Mad Dog Deal.
Minority (D) council members; McClay & Withers, along with majority (R) party, are well aware of the ‘legal public notice’ rule. Nonetheless, McClay (D) & Withers (D) decided to ignore the basic rules of bidding, and joined the blatantly wrong….Guenther (R) team.
As we have suggested before, a growing number of Brigantine Democrat supporters believe that Ms. McClay is no longer effective on Council and should step down. Apparantly, there is now only one person on Council looking out for all taxpayers. That person is Mr. DeLucry. The jury is still out on Withers, although early indications suggest he is easily pressured to side with Mayor Guenther.
DeLucry (D) was once again the only lone, fiscally responsible NO vote.
Brigantine City manager Ed Stinson admitted the city failed to publish legal notice for bid as required by law.
By law, legal notices must be published in these legal newspapers of record: the Press of Atlantic City, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Beachcomber News.
Mike and Sandy Morgan were once again…and oddly… the lone bidders on the RFP request for proposal. Council quietly posted the RFP on the glitch-prone city website just before the Dec. holidays.
The Morgans were illegally awarded the contract on Feb 3. They were on their way to enjoying the minimum bid of just $1,500 per month, plus 4% of monthly gross receipts for food and beverage sales.
City manager Stinson reports that the new bid notice will be advertised in the Press of Atlantic City on Tuesday, Feb. 23. The bid opening is scheduled for March 15.
SEE Press of AC update http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/breaking/advertising-error-leads-brigantine-to-rebid-golf-course-food-contract/article_ebba7fa6-db39-11e5-8396-b7869e81b094.html