Thursday, March 27, 2008

Yet Another Luzerne County Problem

The Times Leader is reporting that Democrat Luzerne County Commissioner Greg Skrepenak is in hot water again. This time, there may be two provisions of the State Ethic Law that apply to some of his “gifts” from county vendors. I previously reported on questionable no-bid contracts that have plagued Luzerne County. Skrep just can’t seem to catch a break…unless of course you consider a week at a beach house and free Steelers tickets as a break.

The TL has also recently reported on possible bidding laws being violated on food items being purchased for the prison. Apparently, over $850,000 in no-bid purchases was performed. The reason…they spent $2870 on chunky applesauce.

State law and County Purchasing rules require bids and quotes for purchases exceeding a certain dollar amount. County purchasing director Greg Hunsinger was treating each item separately so he didn’t think he had to put anything under that threshold out to bid.

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