MODESTO CALIF : LETTING COPIER CONTRACTS END

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MODESTO CALIF : LETTING COPIER CONTRACTS END

 user 2008-06-12 at 10:49:46 am Views: 83
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    Modesto letting copier contracts end
    Account manager on council, so the business can’t rebid for work
    Modesto is easing out of its contracts with Alpha Numeric, an office technology company that employs City Councilman Dave Lopez.Modesto had 25 one-year contracts with Alpha Numeric for copy machine maintenance when Lopez won office in December.Those contracts were worth about $40,000, city Purchasing Manager Mark Averell said.The city is honoring those contracts until they expire, but it will not let Alpha Numeric submit bids to extend them, Averell said.Lopez said he discussed the conflict of interest with the city attorney’s office just after he won election. He is an account executive for Alpha Numeric, and the city contracts were ones he managed.”We wanted to make sure it was all taken care of and legit before I stepped into the building because I didn’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable,” he said.Alpha Numeric’s contracts expire at different times in the year. Each represents a service agreement for one machine.So far, Modesto has replaced nine of the Alpha Numeric contracts.Averell said the new agreements are not costing the city more money.He said Alpha Numeric got the service contracts over the past seven years when it submitted low bids for new machines.”They’re very aggressive,” Averell said, describing the company’s bids. “And fantastic service.”Lopez said government contracts tend to be less profitable for Alpha Numeric because of a vigorous bidding process that usually couples deals for multiple agencies, such as the Modesto City Schools district.”Financially, as a company, it didn’t hurt us,” he said.

    http://www.modbee.com/local/story/324906.html