Several Springfield aldermen are raising concerns about Mayor Mike Houston’s attempt to authorize the use of an out-of-state organization to arrange some major city purchases and contracts.
The National Joint Powers Alliance was the original basis for the city’s contract with NAPA to provide auto parts for the consolidated city garage… but the city realized after that deal was approved that it did not have legal authorization to use NJPA. Some aldermen fear that letting NJPA handle the bidding process will exclude local vendors.
Houston says the arrangement would be primarily used for City Water Light and Power purchases of specialized equipment that local vendors couldn’t provide anyway. The measure goes before the full City Council next week.