Boise’s Public Works Department continues to fail the smell test with new revelations to the GUARDIAN involving the sale of “poop pumps and ponds.”
Seems the manager of a Boise sewage treatment plant moonlights selling–would you believe–sewage treatment plants. We understand from confidential sources the new system just opened at the City of Star was one of his most recent sales.
A city vehicle has been spotted in the past at Hidden Springs which also has a treatment facility, but is not within Boise City jurisdiction.
We see this as a good one for Mayor Dave Bieter’s ethical commission. We couldn’t locate a number for the ethics commission in our new phone book, so here is the formal question for those at City Hall:
“Is it ethical for a city sewage plant manager to sell commercial ‘package treatment plants’ to other municipalities while employed by Boise City?”
It may be possible, but we find it improbable anyone could conduct business with engineers, installers, contractors, and customer’s staff during weekends and evenings. Logic tells us there is a lot of 8-5 business on these projects which would have to intrude on city taxpayer time.
Those city employees of lower rank aren’t about to rat off the boss and those higher probably don’t know what’s happening. Now they do.
If this is anything like the Poop Farm fiasco, we hope Boise City will check it out in a timely fashion.
POOP FARM UPDATE
City purchasing records show the illegal purchase of those tractors under the guise of “rental” have been legitimized with outright purchases. Even more equipment improperly purchased with split invoices has recently been discovered.
Despite disclosures in the GUARDIAN last June and AFTER the city council ordered an audit, at least $9,000 worth of tires were approved for split invoice purchases by the city’s purchasing department.
We hear a top notch candidate with an MBA and good work experience is up for City Council approval to manage the Poop Farm following the departure of David Skinner who faces criminal charges over misuse of public funds.
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