Not Good Start For Transparency In County
Unauthorized Bill Trying to get Pushed Through
The Harnett Dispatch:
Well in the latest news to come out of the Board of Commissioners is the lack of transparency taking place with the new board. In this matter a job was authorized by Commissioner Jim Burgin and Gary House but neither by the proper chain of command nor operating procedures. At the discretion of Commissioner Gary house and Burgin, a Contractor working in Erwin was ordered to remove a section of water pipe to be sent off for testing. The contractor was told by Commissioner Burgin and House that the bill would be paid.
Where did the bill come from?
The bill was sent to the proper department by the contractor and upon receiving the bill the department called the contractor to see what the bill was for. After evaluating the bill and the info provided it was determined that neither a work order nor was a purchase order authorized to do said work. Now there is a bill that is owed and no one knows where it came from because it was not authorized. The next attempt is to slide the bill into the consent agenda so the bill will get paid. Transparency is still an issue and the supporters of the measure seem to be riding the fence on this. After Speaking with County Manager Jeffries he indicated that he contacted Jim Burgin and he directed him to out on regular agenda and the board will have to take a vote.
Why Test Pipe?
Another question at the peak of this drama is why the section was cut out and sent for testing, contacts to Commissioner Burgin and House were not returned at the time of publishing.