Council to amend Up for the Job funding

September 28, 2017 - ERIE, Pa - Erie County Council voted on a new workforce initiative, however, the County Controller finds a discrepancy between two separate bids for the same consulting fee. 

Councilman Andrew Horton said the Controller made a big catch in the finance meeting today. 

The second reading of the funding for the "Up for the Jobs" program will appear on council's agenda for their Tuesday night meeting, but it will appear with a large, $102,000 figure.
 
After the Controller says there was unlawful action, that number will be amended to $36,000. That figure is over a 6 month period. That is what was originally selected by a committee for the "Up for the Job" initiative in the RFP process. 

The marking firm, Ten 53 Newton, LLC was the chosen firm to do the work, but they're not contracted yet. 

This week, the County Controller called the process unethical and unlawful when the amount went up to $102,000 for a year. 

Erie County Executive, Kathy Dahlkemper, said the additional money after doubling the time comes from the additional research they thought was necessary for success. 

The Controller says no changes can be made to the RFP without going through the public process again. It would be a violation of the purchasing code. 

In today's finnance meeting, the County Solicitor agreed with Controller and advised council to make the amendment back to the $36,000, 6 month bid and the process will be sound to move forward. 

Jay Breneman of Erie County Council says, “People always want to know what are our elected officials doing to spur economic growth in our region. I think this is something we should be looking at how can we improve and go forward with. Not with something how we can tear down and throw out.” 

Fiore Leone of Erie County Council explains, “We can’t except it the way that it’s given here in the minutes of our meeting. So obviously we have to amend it. He already agreed to and said that if we amend it to the original process it should go through we should have no problem with it.”

Throughout the finance meeting, County Councilman Ed DeMattio said all of this makes it appear that the process has been tainted. However, he declined comment on camera. 

The final stamp of approval on Tuesday night at 7:00pm at the County Council meeting. 


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