Sneed Construction gets $1.2M contract for jail painting but Commissioners state that they used bidding procedures for a contract that is “less than $50,000.” Caption of Contract says Amount is $67,525.00
Excerpt of contract signed by Lake County Commissioners Mike Repay, Kyle Allen and Jerry Tippy. Source, Indiana Department of Local Government Finance Contracts Gateway
September 17, 2018-One of the problems with rooting out corruption in Lake County politics is that it is always so difficult to distinguish between straight incompetence and corruption. In the case of the Lake County Commissioners, there appears to be plenty of both to go around. We have reported extensively on the contracts handed out to connected contractors by the Lake County Commissioners. Gazette readers will remember Sneed Construction as the Repay/Cantrell connected contractor who provided a $1,000 campaign contribution to Commissioner Mike Repay one day after getting a signed county contract in 2015. Among the revelations that we uncovered was that Sneed Construction utilized Kimbrough Center inmates to move computers in the office of Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter and billed you, the taxpayer, at full rate for the work.
Now the Commissioners have handed Sneed Construction a new contract. The contract states “Amount: $67,525.00” at the top of the first page. On the second page, however, the contract states that the contractor will be paid the sum of $1.248.863.00. Back to the first page where the contract says that bidding procedures for contracts less than $50,000 were utilized. Throughout the contract there are several places where the contract states that the value is less than $200,000.00. The contract is dated June 6, 2018 and is signed by Commissioners Mike Repay, Kyle Allen and Jerry Tippy as well as Chevis Sneed as owner of Sneed Construction.
See the full contract below.
SNEED CONSTRUCTION_JAIL PAINTING