Thursday, March 26, 2009

And The Winner Is?

Last month, the request for consultants was sent out with a March 20 deadline of applying to be a consultant for stepping the city through the complexities of leasing the parking garages. It's been 6 days since that deadline. Did anybody apply? Maybe I should have. I have a few suggestions.

Recommendation #1: I echo Dowd in demanding that we have a complete and properly staffed Parking Authority board.

Recommendation #2: Don't do it now. The State Auditor is currently questioning the recent attempted "fire sale" of a downtown building. Michael Lamb, our County Auditor will inevitably pipe up with an equally practical audit requesting that we not "fire sale" our parking garages in time of economic downturn. Let's cut this off before we spend oodles of cash on a consultant that will inevitably be the uncle of a big city political contributor.

Needless to say, I didn't discover any information on the Parking Authority's website, but I was delighted to learn that they're currently hiring.


Bram Reichbaum said...

At PittPoint workshop #4, I learned that at PittPoint workshop #3 the project was to read the press release from the Mayor's office regarding the Parking Authority RFP and to read the actual RFP and to write a story about it. I asked what people thought about it.

They said it sounded like the Parking Authority was tailoring their request for advice so specifically and so narrowly that it sounded almost as though they knew what they wanted to hear.

Mark Rauterkus said...

To lease the parking authority assets is wrong. I think it would be fine to liquidate the Parking Authority. But, you don't need consultants to tell them that it should be done. This is why there are board members.

Too bad we don't have retention votes for authority board members.