Supervisors approve contract over Miller's objections

2013-10-16T00:00:00Z Supervisors approve contract over Miller's objectionsBy Joe Ferguson Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

District 1 Supervisor Ally Miller  vowed to file a public-records request on Tuesday, arguing that the county staff could not produce documents related to a $40,000 economic development contract.

The supervisors signed off on the contract on Tuesday, reaffirming a county procurement staff approval of the contract in February. Miller was the lone vote opposing the contact.

The agreement with Jose Gabriel Loyola is for economic development technical assistance and marketing services.

It has long been a sore spot with Miller, who has fought with other supervisors as well as the staff on whether the original procedural motion ratifying the contract was legal when it came before the board in August .

Miller argues her request during the Aug. 19 meeting to discuss the contract was ignored by supervisors Chairman Ramón Valadez, and therefore the contract was never voted on.

The supervisors have twice reviewed the video recording of the meeting, and Miller has posted video clips of the same meeting on YouTube in an attempt to prove her point.

Deputy County Administrator Hank Atha said the contract was late in getting to the board because of a delay in the department and negotiations with the contractor.

Miller said on Tuesday that she wants the county procurement staff to produce documents on how the consultant was selected for the no-bid contract for $40,000.

The staff defended using the direct selection of contractors, noting it followed adopted procedures for selecting contractors for deals worth less than $50,000 for budgeted items.

Atha said the specific contractor had expertise with the Department of Economic Security.

Also Tuesday, the supervisors signed off on a long-term deal to allow South Tucson to pay off its $1.9 million in delinquent jail fees and interest.

Contact reporter Joe Ferguson at jferguson@azstarnet.com or 573-4346. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFerguson {/em}

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