published Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Chattanooga Council rejects inquiry on Excalibur contracts

by Cliff Hightower

Several Chattanooga City Council members questioned today the need for a public hearing on contracts with Excalibur Integrated Systems after they said agreements were about minor issues.

“I wonder why we’re even meeting today,” Councilman Jack Benson said, midway through the meeting.

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    Council member Carol Berz attends a meeting of the Chattanooga City Council in this file photo.
    Photo by John Rawlston /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

At one point, Councilwoman Carol Berz labeled it “kangaroo court.”

The inquiry occurred in a special meeting of the Personnel and Audit Review Committee. Councilwoman Deborah Scott, chairwoman of the committee, called the meeting after questions were raised about contracts with Excalibur Integrated Systems from three years ago.

City Auditor Stan Sewell conducted an informal review of the contracts and issued a memorandum last week. He looked at six different items and found an $800,000 contract had not been bid correctly.

The council decided Tuesday it would not follow up on the issue.

For more information, read tomorrow’s edition of the Times Free Press.

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