It was a classic debate with all parties fully engaged and demonstrating their passion and conviction to do it right. And they did do it right. I think this City Council, Mayor and staff did it right. Yes, Council should have had more time to review the materials. Delivering legislation of this magnitude at the last minute is unfair. That said, if any of them were concerned about the process then they have phones on their desks like everyone else and their office IS in the same building as the Mayor's. Work it out.
No, I don't think there was any validity to complaints that the process was 'rigged'. (Personal note of disappointment - no Manuel's Tavern at the Airport.) The staff of the Airport and the Mayor's office did a terrific job both outlining an effective process AND showing great conviction under fire for the decisions made. My personal perception is that the process, both for identifiying the selection team AND managing the RFP, was thorough, well constructed, transparent and clear to bidders and well executed. No process is perfect. There will be losers - move on.
As for concerns and snide comments about campaign contributors getting the contracts - GROW UP! This City is so small that EVERYONE is a contributor to SOMEONE'S campaign. The question is; was this process handled at arms length? And the answer to that was very clear after last night's discussions were complete; YES.
This ATLGal is quite satisfied with the results.
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