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Committee aims to see procurement policy is followed

June 25, 2013

The Dunkirk City Council’s finance committee discussed keeping a closer watch on following procurement policies. The discussion came up because the city is starting its budget process....

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Jun-25-13 10:07 PM

what you have is another in the long list of reasons why this city is in such dire financial condition, whatever happened to checks and balances (AKA) financial restraint ah the band plays on and the merry go round goes up and down and spins around, as always nothing changes if nothing changes

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Jun-25-13 11:53 AM

This is just your typical dog and pony show.

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Jun-25-13 9:51 AM

(n) and over that amount would require the approval of the Mayor and Fiscal Affairs officer. The Mayor and Fiscal Affairs would be subject to council approval for purchases of larger items over a certain amount. When you are dealing with a $22 million budget there needs to be internal controls on purchasing. But the important thing is that people be held accountable for their violations of policy up to and including termination. Sending out a memo, that's a joke! What's needed is a policy with teeth in it. As for not going into detail on the state audit, that's pure nonsense. I think the taxpayers in this community deserve some answers as to why those alledged violations took place.

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Jun-25-13 9:43 AM

I agree with commentor. If as Mr. Szot said "the process is bidding where a proposal goes out and bids are opened for the most costly items or projects", where was this policy when the city spent over $170,000 on the Memorial Park renovation, including over $40,000 in overtime pay for a city employee, without council approval and without a bidding process? "It's bad enough city employees don't get an annual review" said Ms. Kiyak. Do we need more proof that the inmates are running the asylum?? Is no one being held accountable for their actions or praised for their accomplishments? If the city lacks a formal policy and procedure for purchasing then there needs to be one that clearly defines the purchasing responsibilities and limitations as they apply to all employees including department heads. As an example, employees should be limited to purchases up to a certain amount but only with the approval of the department head. The Department head would be limited to a c

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Jun-25-13 8:55 AM

It was my belief that the finance committee reviewed all the Purchase orders and either approved them or asked the department head why the item was needed and if it could be gotten for a cheaper price. Perhaps this is not being done and if not why not? On the bidding procedure the lowest bid is either accepted or rejected. This I believe is in the city code. Why would Michalski not want to go back the 18 months as suggested by Kiyak? Has he got something to hide? These proceedures will slow down the demise of the city but not stop it.

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Jun-25-13 8:25 AM

“A discussion took place regarding whose responsibility it is to see that policy is followed.”

“It’s bad enough city employees don't get an annual review.”

“We don't want to go into detail on the state audit.”

WOW!!! Are you kiddin' me?!

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Jun-25-13 7:56 AM

And people wonder why the city is circling the drain.

If people where I work, or most other private companies, violate procurement policies, and have been doing so for an extended time, there would be more then a memo sent out.

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Jun-25-13 7:26 AM

I meant Stacy.

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Jun-25-13 7:24 AM

Do we not know what we are doing?? No wonder Dk is in such bad shape. Stephanie is the only one who knows what should be done and has the stuff to enforce it or try at least. What a bunch of bumble heads!!!

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