Buffalo Cancels Contract With WWC Engineering

Buffalo City Council
Buffalo City Council

The Buffalo City Council voted to cancel the contract for administrative services between themselves and WWC Engineering concerning the NW Water Pipeline Project which was set to begin construction this spring.

City Attorney Ben Kirven explained to the council at their meeting Tuesday that due to personnel changes at WWC, the question was brought up as to what the city should do, stick with them or cancel the contract and move on to a different company to perform the administrative services.
Kirven said his two contacts for the project were Jim Martin and Ben Weaver, who both no longer work for WWC Engineering.

City Works Director Les Hook, who was not in attendance at the meeting, gave his recommendation to Kirven to terminate the current contract.

Both Mike Evers, President of WWC Engineering and Engineer Greg Reid spoke on behalf of their company, touting the number of hours worked on the project and that Reid was the main engineer from the beginning.

Former WWC employee Jim Martin, also in attendance, was asked to speak on behalf of himself, and he said the city must decide who is the best qualified and most familiar with the project.

The council, after discussions, voted 3-2 to go with Hook's recommendation to terminate the contract, with councilmen Russ Humphrey and Dave Long voting against the change.
The vote did not award the contract to anyone, and the city will now begin the search for another company to fulfill the project's administrative services.

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