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The City of Cedar Rapids, IA, Did Not Ensure a Competitive Procurement Process and Did Not Properly Execute Its CDBG Disaster Recovery-Funded Contracts


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Lisa Kuzela

PRESS RELEASE —-

From Lisa Kuzela to Cedar Rapids to local media –

Attached is the May 6, 2013 HUD Office of Inspector General Report.

It states “The State did not monitor the City’s voluntary property acquisition program in accordance with its approved Disaster Recovery action plans. Its monitoring checklists did not include all of its procurement requirements, such as cost reasonableness and all required contract provisions.”

In other words, the City of Cedar Rapids has done whatever they wanted, and the State turned a blind eye. Could it possibly have something to do with the local relationships at the state level?

I don’t care to know why you didn’t cover this huge issue; I just want our local news media to start informing the public on what is really going on in this town.

Once the fraud and illegalities crash in on our town, our local media will be viewed as accomplices to this corruption. Many of us have told you over and over, but the media chose to ignore the facts.

Worse, our newspaper continues to take even proof of wrongdoings by our city and spin it into something positive. Case in point: the October 2012 HUD OID Report.

Rick Smith reported statements of deceit by Mayor Ron Corbett. He included Corbett as stating “there is no fraud.” The report never even eluded to such, but by including the Mayor as stating so, Smith led the public to believe everything is fine.

Office of Inspector General

Office of Inspector General

Smith further misled the public by not including something as simple and informative as the subject title of the report:

The City of Cedar Rapids, IA, Did Not Ensure a Competitive Procurement Process and Did Not Properly Execute Its CDBG Disaster Recovery-Funded Contracts.”

The question is: are you going to continue to ignore? Are you going to continue your denial and worse – chastise those of us speaking out with the truth as “naysayers?”

OR are you going to do what they taught you in journalism school and report the news?

This is only the beginning!

(This must be why Karr, Swore, Shields and Corbett bullied me at the May 14th, 2013 council meeting. They were angry at me about this Report that came out several days earlier.)

Please please consider donating to this cause. http://www.gofundme.com/disasterrecoveryreform

You can donate anonymously, if you’d prefer.

The funds pay for public information from the City and State who have increasingly set up roadblocks for me by increasing costs (by increasing the estimated amount of time it takes them to get me the information.)  I do not pay myself out of this account. But, public information is not free and funds are running low.

Please help me continue these investigations! You can pay online or drop by my home or mail to:

Disaster Recovery Reform
c/o Lisa Kuzela
341 Carter Street NW
Cedar Rapids, IA  52405

 

 

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City of Cedar Rapids News Text Alerts


Text Alert City of Cedar RapidsI signed up for the CR News Now Text Alerts yesterday, December 30, 2012, and received my first “text alerts” today.

2nd Street SE Parking Ramp at 7th Avenue (635120-20) is up for bid.  Addendum No. 2 posted: Project Description/Scope of Work:  The Work generally consists of construction of a new six-story, 618 stall cast-in-place concrete parking structure. Bids for four (4) separate contracts are being sought.  Each contract will be awarded to the lowest most responsive and responsible bidder.

Attendance at Pre-Bid Meeting is Mandatory For your convenience, plans and specifications will only be available to download and/or order for free at http://dfs.rapidsrepro.com/.  If you do not have an existing Rapids Reproductions account, you must create an account in order to log in and view/order plans

Bid Bundle Contract

Opinion of

Probable Cost

635120-20 (General Construction)

$8,298,120

635120-21 (Mechanical)

$410,000

635120-22 (Electrical)

$530,500

635120-23 (Elevator)

$181,600

Total

$9,420,220

Sixth Street SW Reduced to Two Lanes Beginning January 2, 201314th Avenue 6th Street SW

On Wednesday January 2, 2013, at 7 am, 6th Street SW between 14th and 15th Avenue will be reduced to one lane each direction for a water tap that will last approximately five days. 

For a complete list of road closures please check: http://bit.ly/cJupdw

Date

12/31/2012

Title

6th St SW Lane Closures

Contact

Mike Duffy, (319) 286-5802

Body

Starting at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 6th Street SW between 14th Avenue SW and 15th Avenue SW will be reduced to one lane in both directions for a water tap. The work is expected to take five (5) days to complete, weather permitting. Traffic should seek an alternate route. For a complete list of road closures please check: http://bit.ly/cJupdw

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