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Mon., Sept. 19, 2011, 8:08 a.m.

Ex-Consultant: Team McEuen Erred

Item: McEuen tussle: Complaints by retired management consultant against city reviewed/Tom Hasslinger, Press

More Info: Team McEuen delivered everything its contract promised, and allegations asserting otherwise are wrong, the city's parks department said last week. After retired management consultant Frank Orzell complained that criteria in the $125,000 contract wasn't met, parks director Doug Eastwood refuted many of those claims at his City Hall office last week, saying the designers completely fulfilled the original contract. Orzell told the City Council on Aug. 2 that it hadn't been fulfilled, and therefore $60,300 in two new contracts for topography and traffic study work related to the project were unnecessary expenditures. His nine complaints ranged from undelivered bid estimates to a missed deadline, which therefore means the designers should be financially penalized per the contract.

Question: What do you make of Frank Orzell's claims?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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