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Attorney questions city's authority to issue no-bid contract for Rock Chalk Park

"In fact, the city has agreed to allow a large public project to be built without a bid before. City Manager David Corliss said the parking garage in the 900 block of New Hampshire Street was built in the 1990s as part of a development agreement with a private company, which is the same type of agreement the city is proposing to use to build the infrastructure at Rock Chalk Park."

Corliss just opened a can of worms by reminding us of the New Hampshire street parking garage debacle.

That’s like reminding us that Thomas Fritzel took Junction City for millions of dollars on a no-bid infrastructure project a couple years ago.

July 2, 2013 at 8:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Cost estimates for Rock Chalk Park infrastructure come in about $3 million higher than expected; Self's foundation to make $2 million donation

Check out this link to minutes from a Junction City commission meeting when they discussed sending a letter to the City of Lawrence about Thomas Fritzel and the trouble he caused them.

June 5, 2013 at 10:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Cost estimates for Rock Chalk Park infrastructure come in about $3 million higher than expected; Self's foundation to make $2 million donation

The parking was alway concrete, Bill Penny is a partner of Fritzel's in the Junction City development scandal. This is Thomas Fritzel's way, bait and switch.

June 5, 2013 at 3:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Cost estimates for Rock Chalk Park infrastructure come in about $3 million higher than expected; Self's foundation to make $2 million donation

Self’s Assists Foundation may see a drop in donations after this move. Its not Bill and Cindy"s money they are donating is it? The folks that gave to Assists Foundation probably didn't know their hard earned money was going to be lining Thomas Fritzel's pockets. What is the Assists Foundation mission?

June 4, 2013 at 10:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Too good?

"Apparently no laws have been broken" ..... Apparently many laws have been pushed, pulled, and twisted. We will never know if any laws have actually been broken until there is legal action between the parties involved (Fritzel, KU Athletics, Inc. KUED, and the City of Lawrence) or an outsider files one.

This may be the straw that broke the camels back.

May 27, 2013 at 10:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City accepts recreation center bids, but won' t proceed with building until Fritzel provides infrastructure costs

KUED is enabling Fritzel to over profit at the taxpayers expense. Why is the University sitting silent allowing their partner Bliss Sports LC to conduct business in this fashion. It reflects poorly on KU and makes them a party to the scam. The leaders at KU Endowment should be fired.

It's common practice for Schumm to deceive the public but you would hope an organization like KUED would conduct their business with the highest of standards. Guess not.

May 21, 2013 at 11:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Poor process

This is bigger then the KU ticket scandal.

May 19, 2013 at 3:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Bidding debacle

All the questionable actions associated with this project have been the fault of Thomas Fritzel since day one. The question should be asked, how much better would this have been if Fritzel had never been involved. Fritzel paid architects designed the project, Fritzel paid attorneys krafted the documents. Fritzel set the project cost as a lease back to the city long before city staff drafted cost estimates to match or cover Fritzel's. KUEA is a major part of the problem, they asisted Fritzel in scamming the taxpayers with their demands to include their builder in all portions of the project on or off their property.

It's been a revolving door of plans and legal documents that no one could track or understand at the city. Now, the inept city leaders are covering their trails and hiding from the fallout.

The city commission should stop this now. The development agreement isn't signed by all parties and walk. KUEA owns the land, they are leasing it to Fritzel for fifty years. Let them do what they want and leave the taxpayers of Lawrence alone.

The city can build the rec center on city property at 6th and Overland Drive. Pick one of the legitimate companies that bid yesterday and have them re-design the building for this slightly smaller site. Infrastructure is 99% complete, save millions of dollars and start building trust back within this city. Enough is enough.

May 17, 2013 at 1:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bid for recreation center comes in about $10 million lower than expected; questions grow over other cost estimates

"Professional architects do not routinely overestimate the costs of a structure by nearly 100 percent. Either gross incompetence is involved, or the estimates were intentionally falsified pursuant to some type of conspiracy to line a few pockets. "

Months ago Crossland Construction provided the city a cost estimate of $22 million, yesterday their bid was $10,779,000. It's obvious that Crossland and Fritzel had inside information about this project that the other bidders did not have access too. The architects (Gould Evans and Paul Werner) worked directly for Fritzel designing this building per his instructions. Gould Evans and the city asked Crossland Construction to prepare a cost estimate for this project months ago. Both of these builders had input on the plans and specifications prior to the actual bidding giving them an unfair advantage over the competition.

How could the city allow Fritzel and Crossland to submit bids.

May 16, 2013 at 11:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )