The lengthy debate over a contract between the City of Springfield and NAPA Auto Parts may not be over yet, after all.
Aldermen approved a three-year, $3.75 million deal for NAPA to provide all the inventory for the new consolidated city garage. But they did so based on assurances that the no-bid contract was allowed under an intergovernmental agreement between Illinois and Minnesota. Now city officials concede that they “assumed” there was such an agreement, based on information they found on a website… but they don’t know for sure that it exists. Alderman Frank Edwards says that false pretense should make the NAPA contract null and void.
But city attorney Todd Greenburg says when Springfield aldermen approve a contract, it becomes law… even if it contradicts the city’s normal procedures. [Both Edwards and Greenburg appeared live on 970 WMAY’s “Jim Leach Show.”] Edwards says he’d like to see the contract put on hold until the legal confusion is sorted out.