Sylvia Hampel and Brenda Tate, owners of Clearview Cleaning, claim they have been contacted by clients expressing concerns about recent news reports about their firm and a contract dispute with Boise City. Hampel reiterated that she has no knowledge of any irregularities involving her staff or the company.
Saturday Hampel told the GUARDIAN she had several meetings with Boise administrative officials and on two occasions she was assured “This has nothing to do with you or your company.”
Boise City has awarded current cleaner ABM Industries a new one year cleaning contract–despite the fact ABM was a loser during the formal bidding procedure. They are apparently relying on a state law that allows local government to “piggyback” on various contracts if they hold a state contract.
The GUARDIAN is under the impression such contracts are for fixed price items such as tires, specific services, fuel, etc. It would seem difficult to allow one firm to get a cleaning contract just because they clean a state building–all the duties and services vary according to size, frequency, type of floor, etc. To allow such a vague “piggyback” would make the entire bidding process obsolete.
In 2010 Clearview Cleaning was named the “Small Business Of the Year” by the Boise Chamber of Commerce. In fact, she will share podium Tuesday with Mayor Dave Bieter at the Chamber’s “Small Business Expo” at the Center on the Grove.
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