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Wendy Gabriel Addresses Rumors

At the Coeur d'Alene City Council meeting last night, City Administrator Wendy Gabriel addressed a number of rumors swirling about City Hall (according to the rough draft of City Clerk Susan Weathers' minutes): "RUMOR -- Recall Cd’A put a flyer out  stating that the design team was given a $1.9 million dollar contract without a bid process.  FACT -- Professional services by state law do not follow the bidding process but rather the process by law is completed by a “Request for Qualifications” which the City did complete and had a selection committee review the proposals received from four different firms.   RUMOR -- The same postcard stated that the Team McEuen owns the two tower condominiums.  FACT -- The majority of the buildings owned by private owners.  RUMOR -- The City’s Department Heads make more money than Caldwell and Twin Falls.  FACT -- She cautioned citizens to compare the  job descriptions and years of service of the employees not just job titles. All Wendy Gabriel's Rumor Control comments here.

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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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