Hardiman says he was the chairman of the advisory board. Why his title is incorrect on the letter is not clear.
Evelyn is having a very hard time getting Hardiman to take responsibility for his role in much of anything regarding these issue.
Hardiman says he had little interest after divesting in the Lakeshore group and Lakeshore had him sign the protest letters because he was known as a part of Lakeshore in Detroit and was the African American “face” of the company.
***Praise for Ferguson from the company that one of it’s past leaders testified that Ferguson extorted the company and helped cancel big money contracts
Another letter is now being shown from:
Colt Odeh Vice President of Lakeshore Group. The letter is to Alvin White, Ferguson Enterprises. The letter reads that Lakeshore “greatly appreciates” the work of Ferguson Enterprises on a water department job. Lakeshore’s VP wrote "we look forward to our continued accomplishment as we count on Ferguson Enterprises in the effective and successful performance of these existing and many other future projects."
Extra long break - Back in session
Barbara McQuade US Attorney in the courtroom now, was chatting with Thomas and Gurewitz during the break.
Evelyn back at it with Hardiman. December 13, 2007 Memo sent to Avinash Rachmale of Lakeshore indicating A&H owed money to Ferguson for the Fox Creek Project CM-2014 for $179,146.43 for work they did on this project. A water main that broke and Ferguson assisted on (from yesterday's testimony.)
Another memo from Belayet Hossain (LES) to Al White of (FEI) indicates part of the CM-2014 project on Jefferson Ave was given to FEI and they would be paid from a change order for $200,000. FEI did the work before they were given any money because they were helping in an emergency. Evelyn is trying to demonstrate the relationship between FEI and LES was not based on fear. Evelyn is presenting letters indicating contract price negotiations began November 8, 2006 between the City of Detroit and LES for DWS-865 East Side Sewer repair. Attendee included Hariman, who is a bit fuzzy on his memory of the meeting; he attended a lot of meetings. We are now seeing an organizational chart for LES as presented in the Bid Proposal for DWS-865. Judge asks for a sidebar.
Back in session.
Work on contracts can start before final approval from City Council. But Council must approve before payment is received. Must have been the point of Evelyn's line of questioning before the sidebar.
Evelyn present a timeline of LES Contracts with the DWSD. February 2000 DWS-807; June 2005 DWS-849; June 2006 CM-2014; JULY 2006 DWS-845; totaling $157,821,949.41 "Pretty good amounts for your company." Hardiman agrees.
Ferguson was stunned when Hardiman brought him cash for $25,000 instead of a check, from past testimony.
Chutkow redirect: Hardiman had a different relationship with Ferguson in 2002 - 2003. He was more fearful of Ferguson stopping his contracts because of Fergusons relationship with the Mayor. Ferguson wanted to be a "partner" with LES getting 1/3 of gross contract amounts.
Hardiman's response was "we will see."
February 21, 2003 - LES, Lanzo, and Hayes were partnered for Proposal DWSD-1361 all were Detroit Based and Minority Operated Businesses. They won the contract but according to Ferguson, "the contract had to go across Mayor Kilpatrick's desk." Indicating without Ferguson, the contract would not get approval.
Hardiman contacted Caroline Cheeks Kilpatrick and met with Ferguson to find out why DWSD 1361 contract wasn't moving forward. 10 million - 5 million - over $200,000 in profits lost. (prior testimony)
LES decided all contracts would include FEI because without Ferguson LES would not get contracts.
Chutkow asks: Was Bobby Ferguson someone who could be bullied? "I can't see Bobby Ferguson being bullied." Was it worth it to pay Bobby Ferguson one million dollars? Hardiman's response: "do I think it he worth it?"
Chutkow asks for a 5 min break.