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June 16, 2013

County GOP lawmakers noncommittal about ending no-bid lease deal with Ulrich


Tonawanda News — Virtuoso first proposed soliciting bids for storage space last October, when the legislature was poised to vote on renewing the Clear Opportunity lease for five years. The majority nixed Virtuoso’s resolution, but after his loud objections on the legislature floor, it consented to having the Clear Opportunity renewal proposal sent to the administration committee, where it’s been tied up ever since.

Faced with the Dems’ new proposed bidding directive this week, committee members didn’t seem warm or cold to it. Having confirmed with County Attorney Claude Joerg that the county is bound by the Clear Opportunity lease through July 2014, and notice to cancel it isn’t due until April 1, they suggested now is simply too early for the county to solicit bids.

“It’s premature,” Updegrove said.

The directive is “prudent ... but not timely,” Wojtaszek said.

“Yeah, but it was a moot point in October when it was brought up, because it had already automatically renewed (for 2012-13),” Virtuoso said. “We don’t want that to happen again.”

The GOP leaders promised to take up the topic again early next year, when bid solicitation is more timely.

“We’l make sure it’s on the agenda January 1st,” Updegrove said.

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