City in takeover of Palatka Ford?

City in takeover of Palatka Ford?

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Palatka Corruption

Pomona Park, FL

#1 Nov 25, 2011
Palatka PD offered a public bid package for the 3 yr. lease of 8 patrol cars, with contract written so, no matter who bids what, Chief Getchell chooses final award. Chief chooses highest bidder, Beck Auto, and in submitting his written request to City Commission for approval Chief misquotes other bidder’s price. Beck’s submitted bid fails to include multiple items required to equal base vehicle bid, which should have been disqualifying. Commission approves lease ($211,968), which was to be directly from dealer to City, tax-exempt. Four days later City Manager Boynton quietly negotiates a contract with Ontario Leasing of New York to buy the cars from Beck ($239,504) and have Ontario lease the cars to City for 5 yrs., with payments made to a bank in Illinois. 7% sales tax ($16, 765) must now be collected, plus interest. Total $291,385. Boynton did not have commission approval/legal authority to do this, nor does he purchase extended warranty for the additional 2 yrs., which will likely mean thousands of dollars more to Beck Auto for repairs/maintenance. Chief is then quoted in Palatka Daily News saying, due to budget cuts, he was considering laying off 8 officers but doubts City Commission would agree, so he thinks extending lease will save money, falsely claiming extension will save City $50,000 a year, and that higher maintenance costs are “necessary”. Cars were not necessary, and have been date/time photographed at various locations/businesses parked for days and weeks at a time. Chief again appears in newspaper saying, due to budget deficit, citizen-oriented programs (crime prevention, after school, Police Athletic League, Safe Haven, Summer Youth), along with K-9 program and crime scene analysis need to be cut. Limited police response to fire and medical emergencies is also threatened due to lack of City funds, all while wasting money on cars. Mayor Myers was notified, but fails to find any wrongdoing.
Beck Auto , in terms of income, is the number one client of City Attorney Don Holmes, and Holmes’ daughter, Julianne Holmes-Young, candidate for Tax Collector, has been employed by Beck Auto for several years. Written disclosure of City Attorney/Beck Auto relationship is not submitted, with Holmes approving contract. Beck Auto owners, top administration, their spouses and kids then donate $10,000 to Holmes’ failed Judicial campaign.
Palatka Ford was unable to submit bid because they could not sublet cars up front. Having Ontario Leasing pay a dealer outright for purchase of cars, as Boynton did, may have been the break Palatka Ford needed. Instead, Beck Auto has since bought them out and now has a monopoly on every dealership in Palatka.
Palatka Corruption

Pomona Park, FL

#2 Nov 25, 2011
And I won't be surprised if bid-rigging occurs the next time the City/County needs new fleet vehicles.
William

Saint Augustine, FL

#3 Jan 9, 2012
None of this is shocking any more
Williams friend

Saint Augustine, FL

#4 Jan 9, 2012
I know, this is like a scene from a good movie, yet this is out lil ole life in Palatka.
William

Jacksonville, FL

#5 Jan 10, 2012
I know my friend, all we can do is sit back and enjoy the show!
friend of Wills friend

Jacksonville, FL

#6 Jan 10, 2012
This is beginning to become too much to follow. Fist it works, then they don't, now we thought it was working out just to fing out they are all part of teh cover-up... starting to sound like the only option is: Vermin Supreme, he will fix it all.

Team Reno all the way!
Really

Crescent City, FL

#7 Jan 10, 2012
I think the last 4 o so comments on here is the same person responding to his/her self. Strange, shows what kind of followers Reno has.
really really

Jacksonville, FL

#8 Jan 10, 2012
Really wrote:
I think the last 4 o so comments on here is the same person responding to his/her self. Strange, shows what kind of followers Reno has.
Oh yeah, well what traila park you reprinsentin fella? hmmm, wheres your cape? how ya gonna ninja somebody with outta cape?
another friend of Will

Saint Augustine, FL

#9 Jan 10, 2012
u know friend of Will's friend was right when he/she said its too much to follw when talking about what Will's friend was saying when he/she was thinking about Will's post about its just not shocking.
Really

Palatka, FL

#10 Jan 11, 2012
Something is wrong with you. You have WAY to much time on your hands. Posting on threads from 2008 and up under all these different screen names and the locations are St aug and Jax everytime (which doesnt mean anything ofcourse, you are clearly from Palatka. Mine says Middleburg now and Im in Palatka)which helps make it more obvious. What makes it sick is the fact that you reply to yourself. Not to mention I believe you are the one who tried to slam Quincy to. Rsaunders funny you used that name twice before I caught on to this BS. Quit wasting space because youre mad we didnt agree with you funeral home slander.

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