Franklinton City Manager Mistakenly Spent $37,000 on City Projects: Audit

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – A Report of the State Audit Office On Thursday, the Franklinton City Manager said he had hired contractors without going through the proper bidding process.

The report states that from July 2020 to October 2021, the City of Franklinton paid Franklinton Development $37,900 to work on two projects:

  • Downtown alley development – ​​$15,000
  • Demolition and repair of two properties – $22,900

The city manager said he did not seek written bids for the projects – rather he called “some companies” to solicit bids, the report said.

“Additionally, he admitted that he had not obtained written bids due to the size of the projects and the limited interest he encountered, which he attributed to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” the report said Office of Beth Wood.

The city manager also said that the small amount of money involved in the projects and time constraints meant he failed to obtain proper bids.

The state auditor said the city may have overpaid for the contract services because the formal bidding process was not followed.

The purchasing policy states that the aim of obtaining the necessary offers is to “…provide
additional assurances that citizens’ interests will be protected…” and “…to ensure the best
Value is achieved for the city…”

CITY OF FRANKLINTON INVESTIGATION REPORT MAY 2022

Investigators said the city manager, who has decades of government experience, said he thinks the city would “apply the state’s bidding laws.”

He also told investigators he didn’t recall seeing the section of the purchasing policy that outlines bidding requirements.

This purchasing policy states: “Requests for quotations must be submitted in writing to a sufficient number of vendors to ensure the best value is achieved for the city” for all purchases over $10,000.

After the investigation, Wood’s office recommends:

  • The city manager should follow the formal bidding requirements for all purchases in accordance with the city’s purchasing policy.
  • The city manager and city commissioners should ensure that employees are aware of all city policies.
  • The city manager and city commissioners should regularly review and revise the purchasing policy as necessary to ensure it is current and reflects the needs of the city.

In response to the audit, the city said it recognized the city manager’s error and “ensured that all existing and prospective employees are properly trained on our policies.”

https://www.cbs17.com/news/franklinton-town-manager-improperly-spent-37k-on-town-projects-audit/ Franklinton City Manager Mistakenly Spent $37,000 on City Projects: Audit

DUSTIN JONES

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