Comment history

Day after city's bid opening for recreation center, relief and a few questions

Schumm and Corliss never once wanted this or any portion of this project opened up for bid. They are both personally responsible for allowing Thomas Fritzel to have such control over the components of this project. This is 100% what they created. The blame should all fall on Corliss's shoulders and Schumm's lap.
The others at fault here are KUEA and KU Athletics Inc. with special thanks to Sheahon Zenger for allowing Thomas Fritzel to use KU as a bargaining chip when negotiating with the city.

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

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

The track is not elevated, it's sprayed on rubber over concrete.

May 15, 2013 at 10:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Developer, proposed Rock Chalk Park partner Thomas Fritzel involved in company that owes $3.4M in back taxes, fees

A couple of Fort Development owners currently direct KUEA, Sutherland sits on the executive board and Padgett is a trustee. Did these guys vote for Fritzel on behalf of KU Endowment to be in charge of their 50 million dollar project for KU.

February 3, 2013 at 12:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fritzel breaks silence on proposed Rock Chalk Park deal, says he won't profit from the KU sports complex

Thomas, the people you pay to make good decisions for you should have told you not to break your silence.

January 19, 2013 at 6:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fritzel breaks silence on proposed Rock Chalk Park deal, says he won't profit from the KU sports complex

City Commissioner Mike Dever said "he now has a better understanding of how the sports complex would be run and that it would be done so in a way that the public could have confidence in".

After more then a year of being the lead cheerleader for this project it's good to know Dever now better understands how it will be run...... What an idiot

January 19, 2013 at 6:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods calls for citywide election on recreation center project

Transparent Schumm, is the City being asked to issue IRB's for Thomas Fritzel's benefit to finance the project, will there be tax abatement on Fritzel's property, will sale tax on construction materials be avoided. Transparent Schumm please tells us.

January 4, 2013 at 9:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Cost of $8 million per win makes KU football 'worst team for the money,' Forbes says

Zenger did the best he could to put a positive spin on this embarrassing "worst for the money" article.

How's he going to explain his sweetheart agreement to lease KU track stadium, softball stadium, soccer field, and other facilities from a Thomas Fritzel front... Leases agreed to without competitive bids or qualified independent cost and analysis... for KU athletic benefactors, endowment contributors, and alumni.

The circumstances, potential conflicts, details and conditions of those leases should be important as to how their money is being spent.

December 27, 2012 at 4:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City, KU Endowment discussing new bidding process for recreation center project

Types of Bid Rigging

There are some very common bid rigging practices:

Subcontract bid rigging occurs where some of the conspirators agree not to submit bids, or to submit cover bids that are intended not to be successful, on the condition that some parts of the successful bidder's contract will be subcontracted to them. In this way, they "share the spoils" among themselves.
Bid suppression occurs where some of the conspirators agree not to submit a bid so that another conspirator can win the contract.
Complementary bidding, also known as cover bidding or courtesy bidding, occurs where some of the bidders bid an amount knowing that it is too high or contains conditions that they know to be unacceptable to the agency calling for the bids. Complementary bidding, however, is not always a corrupt practice. A contractor that is too busy to complete the work will often place a high bid simply to maintain a relationship with government agencies.
Bid rotation occurs where the bidders take turns being the designated successful bidder, for example, each conspirator is designated to be the successful bidder on certain contracts, with conspirators designated to win other contracts. This is a form of market allocation, where the conspirators allocate or apportion markets, products, customers or geographic territories among themselves, so that each will get a "fair share" of the total business, without having to truly compete with the others for that business.
These forms of bid rigging are not mutually exclusive of one another, and two or more of these practices could occur at the same time. For example, if one member of the bidding ring is designated to win a particular contract, that bidder's conspirators could avoid winning either by not bidding ("bid suppression"), or by submitting a high bid ("cover bidding").

December 22, 2012 at 7:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City, KU Endowment discussing new bidding process for recreation center project

Bid rigging
Bid rigging is a form of fraud in which a commercial contract is promised to one party even though for the sake of appearance several other parties also present a bid. This form of collusion is illegal in most countries. It is a form of price fixing and market allocation, often practiced where contracts are determined by a call for bids, for example in the case of government construction contracts.

Bid rigging almost always results in economic harm to the agency which is seeking the bids, and to the public, who ultimately bear the costs as taxpayers or consumers.

December 22, 2012 at 10:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )