New Details Emerge in Roofing Bid Gone Wrong

Village manager says procedures were not followed in assembling proper bids amid accusations of bid steering at politically charged board meeting.

New details emerged during Tuesday’s village board meeting about a $166,085 contract that was awarded to a roofing company that employs the brother of an Oak Lawn trustee.

Village Manager Larry Deetjen said that procedures were not followed when requests for bids went out to replace the roof on the Oak Lawn public works building at 98th Street and Central Avenue.

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Deetjen asked the village board to rescind a contract to Adler Roofing Co., of Joliet, where Trustee Bob Streit’s brother is employed as an estimator. The Oak Lawn Village Board voted 4-3 on Nov. 27 to give the contract to Alder, even though it was not the lowest bid.

The village manager said that public works staff misinterpreted a phrase in the bidding specifications when rejecting the lower bidders because the companies did not provide a starting date. Deetjen called the ambiguity of the bidding package unacceptable.

One roofing contractor has since threatened the village with legal action when its bid was rejected for the higher-bidding company because he did not provide a starting date. The contractor said there was no such specification.

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“You voted and did not have the proper information," Deetjen told village board members. The lowest bidder is the bidder that called me the next day. I listened to him and he had clear and objective complaints. I reported those to the village attorney.”

Streit responded to accusations that he had steered the contract to his brother’s employer.

“As many of you now know, Adler employs my brother Michael as an estimator. He does not have ownership interest in the company,” Streit said. “I don’t have an interest in the contract, therefore I don’t need to abstain (from voting).”

Streit called the bid controversey a false issue designed to defame the mayor, himself and the roofing company.

“We now have a roofing contractor comparing us to Cicero,” Streit said. “If anyone is comparing us to Cicero it’s because of the false and malicious accusations and misinformation distributed by one trustee.”

Stating that it was “very much wrong,” Streit said he would the one to motion that the village board reconsider the contract.

As village board members slammed one another and were gaveled down by the mayor, Deetjen outlined some of the mistakes public works managers made in assembling the bid specifications.

Deetjen said that village public works department managers did not engage an engineer to assess the roof or assist them in developing bid specifications. Instead, public works staff asked Adler to look at the roof and make an estimate.

Finding Adler’s estimate to be expensive, Deetjen said public works managers decided to go out to bid.

A mandatory pre-bid meeting to address prospective contractors’ questions about the specifications was not held as required by state law.

Deetjen also said that a specification sheet was handed to public works and included in the bid package was not prepared by staff and had information that Deetjen claimed he had never seen.

“Who gave public works the sheet,” Trustee Alex Olejniczak (Dist. 2) asked Deetjen, who was gaveled down by the mayor before he could answer.

Mayor Dave Heilmann has maintained that he was not aware that Streit’s brother worked for Adler. He also trusted public works staff and the village attorney to vet the bids.

“I asked our staff what happened,” Heilmann said. “They went right through it down the line.”

Oak Lawn trustees voted 6-0 to rescind the contract to Adler, and to reject the rest of the bids the village received for the roof.

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Joe not Moe... December 13, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Agreed.. Why wait till a public hearing. This all could have been handled behind closed doors with an explanation at the Town Meeting of what took place and why there is going to be a rebid..
RG December 13, 2012 at 04:19 PM
$1975 this year to one trustee in Oak Lawn. Do we know if they contribute to all the trustees?
RG December 13, 2012 at 04:24 PM
good one SnakeCharmer. Yes the entire bunch are a mess of a group, both sides.
RG December 13, 2012 at 04:28 PM
I agree with JoenotMoe, which i said a few weeks ago. The report on this at the meeting should have been that staff recommends a re-bid (not approving a bidder and now rescinding it). Basically what they did Tuesday should have been done two weeks ago.
Quiet Neighbor December 13, 2012 at 04:34 PM
It is refreshing to see more people seeing the real issue! this is actually just another office mishap blown out of proportion. Maybe we will get lucky and a 4th article about this same silliness will grace us before Christmas.
Joe not Moe... December 13, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Money goes everywhere.. To everyone, if not money, a meal, a car lease whatever. That is part of the deal. I don't know why people are so up in arms about the dollars and perks candidates get.. It comes from all sides... Its never gonna go away, and any one who says they are gonna do away with it are lying...
Andy Coughman December 13, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Dave made big mistake partnering up with Bob. Cindy is absolutely clueless. Look at Alex's face when she speaks. Even he sees the humor in it. Carol still has nothing to say. Tom P needs to stop with the documents, color coded or not! So tired of his ranting and raving. Tom D needs coffee.
Rich December 13, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Joe not Moe, You claim Phelan set this up, but all he did was let Streit do all the behind the scenes manipulation, and then call him on it. Streit set himself up by getting involved in a process he had no right to be involved in and having his brother do an inspection on a job that is normally done by a bi-partisan engineer. For all the accusations he has spewed out in the past that had no merit, it actually was fun watching him try to weasle his way out of this trap he set for himself. Best drama on TV " As the Village Turns ". Bad actors all, but a lot of comedic moments !
Rich December 13, 2012 at 06:45 PM
I see why you call youself the SnakeCharmer....
Tommy Two Times December 13, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Adler Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc 779 Joyce Rd Joliet, IL 60436 $200.00 10/1/2009 Individual Contribution Friends of Bob Streit Adler Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc 779 Joyce Rd Joliet, IL 60436 $500.00 3/4/2011 Individual Contribution Friends of Bob Streit Adler Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc 779 Joyce Rd Joliet, IL 60436 $250.00 9/30/2011 Individual Contribution Friends of Bob Streit Adler Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc 779 Joyce Rd Joliet, IL 60436 $1,475.00 3/22/2012 Individual Contribution Friends of Bob Streit Adler Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc 779 Joyce Rd Joliet, IL 60436 $500.00 9/27/2012 Individual Contribution Friends of Bob Streit
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) December 13, 2012 at 09:00 PM
OakLawnGuy December 13, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Does anyone else feel as I do, that the next question from a trustee or the Mayor that Larry Deetjen gives a straight answer to will be his first straight answer? His Casey Stengel deliveries aren't helping provide anyone any facts.
Dist. 2 Curious December 13, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Ben Stein was on CBS Sunday Morning last week (December 9th) and started his commentary with this line: "Observe, my son, with how little wisdom the world is governed." - Axel Oxenstierna, 1648.
andy skoundrianos December 13, 2012 at 10:47 PM
As the saying goes in Politics... follow the money
andy skoundrianos December 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM
To all the people who think there wasn't a deal between Bob and Dave..... On Sept.14th Dave Heilamn and Bob Streit called a meeting with the devlopers of the Beatty Lumber Property to discuss Heilman's SECRET PLAN to put a Wellness/Senior/Community Center in their development in partnership with Christ Hospital. Guess wh was at the meeting? Streit's long-time political attorney and business partner Dennis Brennan. Guess why he was at the Meeting? Becauswe Sreit and Heilmann told the developers to hire Brennan as thier attorney.despite the fact that he has no real estate development law experience. Then on Sept. 19thAT 11:19 am Dennis Brennan sent Dave Heilmann an email about Heilmann's SECRET plan and asked Heilmann to review the attached information about the " CenterPoint Development " and provide Brennan with feedback. But when Heilmann was asked by trustees at a recent village Board Meeting why Brennan was involved in the development he replied " I don't know " and told the newspapers the same thing. Chicago tribune columnist John Kass has great word for this: Fedheimer's ( pronounced Fed-hyme-rz ). Kass describes it a strange mental condition that causes a mayor's brain to flush important stuff right out of his head,including facts,and it is triggered by federal investigators hunting political corruption at City Hall..
Quiet Neighbor December 13, 2012 at 11:09 PM
I couldn't find one mention of a roof in that rant Andy.....you in the wrong article?
andy skoundrianos December 14, 2012 at 12:40 AM
I would worry about other things right now boys!!!!
IN Andy's Backyard December 14, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Actually, Andy is in the wrong century. He gives new meaning to the word "fool". What is he hiding? He's always babbling about everyone else and making accusations without any evidence. Now he says "follow the money". Where the heck did he hear that stupid saying? Everyone gives campaign contributions (with the exception of Andy, perhaps)and everyone takes campaign contributions. It doesn't seem like a lot of money and it is over several years. Who cares?
James Manning December 14, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Really?? Backyard Really?? No big deal about contributions?? This is cook county and Illinois!! Really?? Really
Editor Note December 14, 2012 at 04:48 AM
all very interesting but you don't seem to know what your talking about. For those that think Andy makes up everything he says, see how he is wrong again. http://www.dennisbrennanlaw.com/attorneys.html
anthony December 14, 2012 at 04:53 AM
LD is a good guy to have on your side or be a partner with.........
anthony December 14, 2012 at 04:55 AM
I believe public work should go to the unions... Local 11 was never mentioned... Or is it just favored unions that have a say in the community
andy skoundrianos December 14, 2012 at 05:21 AM
Joe unknown Wilson put your money where your mouth is Big Shot I never hide from anybody. I would worry about the Feds investigating Bob's roofer deal for his brother The FBI asked for all the records today about Bob's shady dealings I would worry about you guy instead of what I write or you think I write...
Andy Neighbor December 14, 2012 at 01:19 PM
11:21 is way to late for you to be up. This latest rant makes absolutely no sense. By the way, did you get your check for doing nothing while the rest of us work?
Joe not Moe... December 14, 2012 at 01:29 PM
I agree.. Then at least you know you are paying for quality work..
Friends of Andy December 14, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Andy if thats the case Phelans name will appear in those records/shady dealings too. haha
andy skoundrianos December 14, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Hey Den/Bob you guys will have to name your aggregation company INDICTED aggregation after Moreno and Streit both go to court haha
Mike December 15, 2012 at 03:24 AM
I would like to know how Phelans uncle, got a supervisor position and not know about it.
The man who knows alot December 22, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Phelan..you are such A tool!
The man who knows alot December 22, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Is that the same Dennis Brennan that represented you in you Sodaro fight????? The one that you defended and praised??? The same attorney your friend Bob Sreit paid for???


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