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Two views on how to award Muny concession contract For several years prior to being elected [to Schenectady City Council], I witnessed several council members’ lament when the city received only one bid for various contracted services. They questioned why more companies didn’t bid. More recently, there has been an improvement in that area, and numerous bids are often received during a Request for Proposal (RFP) process. A number of weeks ago, the Schenectady Municipal ...


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wmarincic
December 6, 2013
7:41 a.m.

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Leesa Perazzo you say you are friends with a competing concession but don't care who gets the bid, but then you write this inflammatory letter. Do you really think you are believable in your nonchalance? I am a season pass holder year after year at Muni, I play golf at least twice per week and in fact my golf partner became a season pass holder also. We are very happy with the service we get at the current concession. What is wrong with fast, friendly service at a good price? This golf course and it's people have never been better. Matt Dailey is great as are all those who work and care for the course.

cidbil
December 6, 2013
8:28 a.m.

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Leesa Perazzo you say you are friends with a competing concession so I assume you will recuse yourself from the vote.

Phils2008
December 6, 2013
6:15 p.m.

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wmarincic, for the most part you and I are on similar footing, but in this case I dont think Leesa is doing anything more then pointing out that it makes little sense to put out an RFP without a fair and unbiased evaluation. Its unreasonable to assume the new concessionaire would not cultivate the same relationship with you as the current one.
The committee has an obligation to award contracts that are in the best interest of the city. If the awarding of bids is reduced to who likes who, or who knows who, then all we have is cronyism. In the interest of full disclosure I have nothing to do with any of this!

JIMOCONNOR
December 7, 2013
9:05 a.m.

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Type A lady should explain 'professional friends,' then recuse herself. Her points are valid. Unfortunately, she negates their application with her passive/aggressive admission. She can't have it both ways. This is another zero gain way to put her name in the public's eye. Remember this duplicity on election day.

wmarincic
December 7, 2013
9:54 a.m.

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Look it is a valid point, but, were the new concessioners going to open at least three days per week in the winter? The current owners took over when things were on the downside at Muni and toughed it out and were part of the change to make it as good as it is now. There is also talk of a new clubhouse and facilities with more room and seating or a banquet hall, could these new people want in now because they were told of a huge growth in the near future? I'm not making accusations but not many people know of the new plans other than council members and others like me that know a person or two.

kmackey
December 10, 2013
9:51 a.m.

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It would be a poor business choice to award a contract just on the basis of a higher bid. I am happy that the majority of the council did finally do their homework before making a decision, something Ms. Perazzo obviously did not do. Ms. Poltorak has in fact been involved in the restaurant business and Muny for over 20 years. She knows the golfing community. She has increased revenue for the course. She keeps her prices reasonable, knowing this is a municipal course and not a country club. The bid difference is $6000.00, not $10,000.00. Also, Ms. Poltorak wrote into her proposal, 5 years ago, capital improvements of approx. $5000.00 a year. Historically this city has just looked at the dollar amount of the bid and it proved to be a mistake most times. Rude people, bad food, cockroaches brought in and an operator of the restaurant taking a city owned golf cart and driving it, drunk, down to the Manhattan Exchange are just an example of what has taken place there over the years. They finally did it right with Ms. Poltorak, let’s keep it going. Yes, Ms. Perazzo should have recused herself from the voting. City Council members should never tell their “friends” not to worry, that the votes will go their way. THAT is making a mockery of the process. I am very concerned.

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