Fourth District Judge Thomas Neville has issued a final decision “Denying in Larger Part and Granting in Smaller Part” the Boise City motion to keep certain e-mails secret in the saga of the Clearview Cleaning contracdt.
In mid February Clearview was awarded a janitorial contract for about $368,000 to clean Boise’s City HAll, Police and Fire headquarters, and the downtown Library. The firm submitted the names of employees who were be assigned to the various projects for the purpose of background checks.
On the eve of work beginning on the deal Team Dave did a complete turn around. With no prior notice, they rescinded the agreement claiming the same departments that offered the glowing endorsement now recommend a cancellation. There was only one sentence of explanation: “Irregularities were discovered and the decision was made to cancel the contract.”
Based on the information contained in the documents released by court order, it was a pretty benign issue and certainly not worthy of pulling the $368,000 rug out from under Clearview.
We get it from inside the PD that command staff was “not comfortable” with one or more of the workers. Looks like the Clearview staffers were not properly vetted prior to beginning the contract.
The problem as we see it is the clumsy manner in which the deal was handled. Instead of reassigning a worker or two off the police cleaning detail, the city took away the entire contract. They paid $43,000 to Clearview after taking away the contract. Even worse, it appears to us the person or persons in question were merely related to those of concern.
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