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April 17, 2013 at 5:31 PM

State engineer fired after pontoons crack

State needs plan to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely

The chief engineer was fired, as if that would offset the potential cost overruns of tens of millions of dollars [“Pontoon flaws sink top state engineer,” front page, April 13].

In order to ensure that taxpayers’ funds are wisely spent on public projects, the following should be implemented by the state Legislature:

• The state shall solicit public bids on the basis of a performance specification. The contractor is thus responsible for design, construction and function.

• The state shall reserve the right to award the contract based on “best value,” not just “low cost.”

• The contractor selected shall sign a performance bond ensuring the qualified and timely delivery of the finished project. Adequate liquidated damages shall be included to protect the financial exposure of the state i.e., the taxpayers.

Claus Windelev, Seattle

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