Evelyn addresses contractor complaints, specifically Adamo who said that he was having a hard time getting business. Miller agrees that he never saw any documentation to substantiate Adamo's claim of loss of business. Miller had said in direct testimony that Ferguson claimed there was bad blood with Adamo.
Also talked about Mike Farrow, a minority contractor in Detroit who had complained about loss of business. Evelyn says that his recollection is that Miller never investigated contracts relative to Farrow. Miller says he may have checked things out relative to River Front work. Miller says he met with Farrow a few times and he was happy with some River Front work. Evelyn says you addressed Farrow's complaints to a level he was satisfied with. Miller agrees.
Now talking about City Council addressing issues of multiple amendments and contractors exceeding limits for receiving contractual work.
Strangely, Jim Thomas, Kwame's lawyer, just asked for sidebar. And it's over in less than a minute. But Kwame just walked out. Must not be feeling well.
9:40AM Evelyn introduces a document that looks like it was taken straight out of encyclopedia. These are City Council minutes. Lists item numbers and dates for bid packages.
Looking at demolition for residential structures. This is for Farrow Group. Original estimate was for $547,500 and then an additional $200,000.
Lists another job for the Farrow group on November 14th 2004. Originally $609,000 but increased by another $300,000.
Listing another contract for Superior Engineering.
And then another contract for AAA Wrecking and Demolition.
And then another contract for over $1 million for ABC Demolition.
Other contractors who got work: Joy Construction, a minority contractor, Power Demolition.
There is one for Ferguson Enterprises for the demolition of 40 structures which is in line with the size of the earlier contracts.
Submitted by Audrey Jackson of City Purchasing.
Evelyn saying so it looks like there were a lot of contractors doing demolition business in Detroit. Miller agrees.
Kwame is still not back in the courtroom. Wait a second, he just walked back in.
Talking about a residential demolition where city picked the lowest 10 contractors. It was a lowest bidder process.
Looking at another exhibit. Signed by Amru Meah for demolition contracts. It was an investigation into complaints being made. 22 vendors had submitted demolition bids. Bids submitted in November 2003. This is a response to a petition by Sheila Dapremont when she did not get a contract.
Discussing the hold up on 1361. Miller says he never saw a document that said that 1361 was being held up. Miller had said that the contract hadn't been awarded and didn't know if it was a hold up from the previous administration. this is the contract that Inland Waters was waiting for.
Looking at an interoffice memo for the DWSD referring to contract 1361. Evelyn says that this contract was an extension of Inland's contract 1325. Miller says it looks like there were 2 simultaneous contracts.
Evelyn says but it says there is a need for 1361. Miller confirms that it looks like there is a need for work. Document is from January 2001. 1361 was not approved until April 2002.
10:00AM Looks at summary of payments. Contract 1325. Original estimate was for $12 million and the actual amount to Inland $27 million. Also looking at contract 1368 for Inland that was originally estimated at $50 million.
Looking at fax cover sheet for invoice on contract 1368. From March 2002. The amount was for $291,250.
Looking at another DWSD internal memo from April 2001 not approving the invoice for $291,250 because contract 1368 had not yet been approved by City Council at that point.
Looking at a list of invoices and payments regarding 1368. Evelyn saying that the city has a reputation for taking a long time to pay invoices. It looks like Inland submitted invoices monthly and that they were paid monthly as the remaining balance was only about $4 million.
Now looking at actual record of payments to Inland from DWSD. Again demonstrates regular invoicing and payments. Evelyn says this was unusual because most contractors complained about not being paid regularly. Yes says Miller.