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### Stuff.co.nz Last updated 13:51 14/12/2015
Gang member on Dunedin City Council contract arrested for driving incident
By Hamish McNeilly
A gang member who secured a $52,000 contract with the Dunedin City Council has been arrested after an alleged driving incident. Police were called by concerned motorists following reports two southbound vehicles were passing on double yellow lines south of Palmerston, about 5pm on Sunday.
The vehicles – a 2008 black Holden Commodore Clubsport and a blue 2000 Holden Commodore Berlina, each containing two adults and three children – allegedly reached speeds up to 150kmh as they passed each other.
Officers pulled over the two vehicles near the Dunedin suburb of Pine Hill, and arrested the two male drivers, aged 49 and 50. […] One of the drivers involved was understood to be Albert Epere.
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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr
4 responses to “Epere arrested”
Hurrying back to work
I think the council’s new proposed Procurement Policy for Contracts and a Tenders should be opened for public submissions. Then I doubt whether people who have dug holes for themselves through their own bad choices and anti-social actions would get council work in preference to people with disabilities and other disadvantages not of their own making . And I think local people would like local work to go to local people and local businesses. And for the DCC to break Contracts up so the little guy gets a chance sometimes. And not make the paperwork so onerous that it excludes people.
Today’s ODT http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/366958/cull-vandervis-cross-swords-council-meeting-video includes
“Council group chief financial officer Grant McKenzie said the new policy strengthened the emphasis on encouraging local providers to tender for work where possible.
Cr Mike Lord suggested the council could go further, by agreeing to favour local bids even if they were up to 10% higher than tenders from outside companies.”
You missed a bit at the end.
“And the extra 10% can be paid outside the secret commissions act to the staff manager who approves the contract”
That keeps the car racket going for parking, the traffic light racket going for the traffic light approver, and has the wonderful benefit of many more smiling faces at the DCC, no longer bitching (sorry animalling) about being unhappy about oversight and having free cars, internet, tyres, and a smaller but still extant credit card facility.