Gimenez Family Corruption... LowT Gimenez + MCM

Miami Herald:
Miami-Dade extended FIU bridge builder’s contract, no questions asked. That may change.




PAST HIGHLIGHTs:

On March 16, 2017, Miami-Dade commissioners spent two hours grilling county executives over a contract recommendation at Miami International Airport that Munilla Construction Management opposed.

MCM submitted the lowest bid to continue overseeing small construction projects at the airport, but MIA discovered massive errors in its estimates of how many hours would be needed in the contract. Airport managers wanted to throw out the bids and start over, but commissioners didn’t like the idea of MCM being forced to compete again.

“One company comes with the lowest bid. But all of a sudden, there’s a mistake made by the airport,” said Rebeca Sosa, chairwoman of the commission committee the oversees the airport. “If you go out and rebid, then the other companies will have the information that was used by the company that offered the lowest bid.”

Weeks later, without taking new bids, commissioners voted to let MCM keep the contract for another two years.

Last week, MCM came before commissioners for another contract renewal. There was no scrutiny, even though the company was in bankruptcy as the contractor behind the pedestrian bridge that collapsed at Florida International University and killed six people.

The July 23 memo from Mayor Carlos Gimenez recommending the extension did not address the March 15, 2018, calamity at FIU or MCM’s five months in an ongoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. It also didn’t mention a June report from federal workplace safety investigators that faulted MCM for not exercising “independent judgment with regard to implementing necessary safety measures” on the FIU project.

When the renewal landed on the agenda for that day’s meeting, none of 12 commissioners present asked to have the item discussed. The contract extension passed without a question being asked.



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