Streit: 'There Was No Collusion' To Award Village Contract to Brother's Firm

Village is likely to rescind bid awarded to company to replace the Oak Lawn public works' facility roof because bid specifications were not clear.

A bid to replace the leaking roof at the Oak Lawn Public Works streets and sewer facility at 98th Street and Central Avenue is likely to be rescinded after questions arose about ambiguous bid specifications.

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The Oak Lawn Village Board voted 4 to 3 to award a $166,085 contract to Adler Roofing of Joliet at the Nov. 27 village board meeting—even though Adler was not the lowest bidder.

Seven roofing companies submitted bids to the village in response to a request for proposals. Adler was the fourth lowest bidder, whose alternate bid of $166,085 was $4,909 more than the lowest bidder, DCG Roofing Solutions of Des Plaines, which bid $161,175.

DCG also submitted an alternate bid that was $9,800 less than its original bid, offering to switch out materials. The alternate bid was still less than Adler's bid, village documents show.

After the mayor cast the tiebreaking "yes" vote on the consent agenda, village manager Larry Deetjen leaned over and whispered in his ear.

Mayor Dave Heilmann asked the village attorney if the vote for the roofing contract required a “supermajority.”

“The village manager brought something to my attention,” Heilmann said. “If for some reason that needs to be revisited, just let all the board know. I wasn’t aware of the issue related to roof replacement. Obviously there was a disagreement here.”

Village attorney Paul O’Grady explained that only two companies provided a schedule that was specified in the bid specifications. Any deviations from the language in a bid, such as providing information that was not requested or not providing information specified in the bid, are grounds for rejecting a bid, even if it is the lowest.

“The first two bidders currently did not provide a schedule, which was part of the specifications, so they technically didn’t comply,” O’Grady said. “It was a material deviation we were told.”

One question that arose was an Oak Lawn trustee's familial ties to Adler Roofing, a company that has been around for more than a century.

“My brother works at the firm,” Trustee Bob Streit (Dist. 3) said after the meeting.

The Oak Lawn trustee’s brother, Mike Streit, is an estimator for Adler and has no ownership in the company.

Adler has done other work for the village and contributed $2,925 to Streit's campaign coffers between 2009 and 2012. The most recent donation of $500 was made on Sept. 27.

“Adler was deemed as the lowest responsible bidder,” Streit said. “Staff made that recommendation. Without explanation, three trustees vote no and don’t say why. It passes 4-3. Next thing Larry Deetjen whispers in the mayor’s ear that it needs a supermajority.”

Deetjen said that the bid specifications, which were written by the public works staff, should have gone for a legal review after speaking to lowest bidder DCG, which was bypassed because it did not specify a starting date.

“My observation was that the specification documents looked to me not to be clear,” the village manager said. “I thought they were ambiguous and didn’t see where it was clearly stipulated with a column or space to put a starting date.”

After speaking with public works staff, Deetjen said, he informed the village attorney that it was in the village’s best interests to rescind the offer. They agreed that an error had been made by not asking the village attorney to review the bid specifications.

“Clearly, in my opinion, the public works teams had not done that extra step that could have eliminated ambiguity,” Deetjen said.

The “ambiguity” in question specified that “contractors' scheduling will have influence on choosing lowest and best bids.”

By state law, municipalities reserve the right to reject or accept any or all bids.

“If one cries foul and the foul is legitimate, than it’s best to start the process over and have clarity,” Deetjen said.

Deetjen said it would go on the next village board agenda that the bidding process would be rebooted in the winter for the spring project.

Streit reiterated that the process was fine and that some trustees didn’t want the firm that his brother worked for to get the job.

"Of course I'd like to see my brother's company do the work," Streit said. "The process was fair and proper. [Adler] has done other jobs in Oak Lawn that trustees have voted for. There was no collusion.”

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Joe not Moe... December 04, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Ummmmm Sandy?? Your are a politician... You are running for Political Office (rather poorly as well), so you in fact are a politician... So who you crappin?
Joe not Moe... December 04, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Sometimes taking the lowest bid can be bad as well? Why was it so low, what kind of material is being used, what kind of workers are working ect ect.. Now maybe not having your brother in the bid process would help but somewhere in between the highest and lowest is best. You get what you pay for,,
RG December 04, 2012 at 08:27 PM
I agree. These things should be handled administratively before going to the Board for a vote to approve a bid. It should be on the Agenda, to report to the Board that the bid process was deemed ambiguous and it wil be re-bid.
James Manning December 04, 2012 at 08:39 PM
How can anyone defend this action by Striet?? If this was a year ago all of Dave's blogger buddies would be hanging Striet from a lamp post by the Village hall!! Now he is with Da Mayor and everything Bob does is Okay?? Who are you crappin
Bob December 04, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Once again this is the Sandra Bury/oaklawn patch. The board did the right thing and resinded the offer and put it up for rebid. Quit complaining Sandra and your sleaze manager Andy
Andrew Burly December 04, 2012 at 11:51 PM
ARe you related to the infamous steve Manning in the Tribune Story. http://www.chicagotribune.com/search_results/?q=manning
SmallManBigWoman December 04, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Trautsch, Streit, Quinlan and Heilmann voted FOR it. They did not vote to rescind it. They got caught red handed and now are shining up their halos. Good luck with that.
Neighborhood Guy December 05, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Caught? I thought that the Public Works Department screwed up. That's the rumor at the hall from the Deetch. So, let's get the story straight (no pun intended). Do you think Andy would be a big woman just because he's a small man that lives off of social security disability that is designed for blind people, the mentally ill and one armed men?
Neighborhood Guy December 05, 2012 at 12:25 AM
it sounds like the losers didn't meet the specs and now Deetch, tommy boy and A-OLE are trying to undermine the process. I didn't think you could undo an award of a public bid. Somebody call a municipal lawyer and find out now
andy skoundrianos December 05, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Better come up with a new name Dennis/Bob how bout bringing back the old Vikings Players again?? Stu Voight, Chuck Foreman something like that!!! Blame public works when the trustee and Mayor threaten their jobs if they don't do what the want. Look in the mirror if you want to see who is at fault here guys..
Quiet Neighbor December 05, 2012 at 12:38 AM
SMBW, again, why is everything the board's fault? Your statement regarding the trustees and their vote shows that you don't actually understand what you are even ranting about aside from the instant replay of the last rant. You should take a do-over just like they are going to do on the bid process for this job. If they didn't vote yes there would be nothing to rescind, of course they didn't vote to rescind it.
LyingEyes December 05, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Oak Lawn Gal, what's your status. We should meet. Dig your style.
Simon Bling December 05, 2012 at 02:57 AM
It sounds like we need to put on a play, We have to many show peeps with to much time on their hands.
Dan Lambert (Editor) December 05, 2012 at 04:12 AM
While we like comments, personal insults and name calling are not welcome. Stay on topic or your comment will get deleted. Talking about the issues is fine, personal attacks aren't.
Southtownlookinggood December 05, 2012 at 05:15 AM
andy, Nobody can answer you because the editors are deleting all comments critical of you or them. transparency lol
andy skoundrianos December 05, 2012 at 05:26 AM
I have never made fun of trustee Trautsch or Quinlan. I actually do not even talk to Alex unless it is a board meeting..Den/Bob your cutesy fake name thing is getting old.. I present facts you present insults keep attacking me personally that means you guys are worried about something.It is a badge of honor to have mud slung at me by the two masters Dennis Brennan and Bob Streit I'm not running for office or trying to get family and friends no bid contracts. You are, and I will continue to point this out By the way read the patch's rules on blogging if you guys would use real names and pictures They wouldn't delete them but you know that already..
Not Dave/Bob/Dennis December 05, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Lambert, why is Andy allowed to call out public officials and private citizens/attorneys by name? Why is he allowed make baseless allegations? He calls them facts, but we all know it's all conjured up in his head.
MJ December 05, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Something is seriously wrong around here. I know NONE of these people that are being discussed here , elected officials included. With all the important issues of the day it is very disturbing that all of this fifth grade silliness is going on! I am sure that many of you have deep histories but all of this gets nowhere. Can't believe that I will continue to pay rising taxes , watch crime run out of control....and have many of you ask for our votes? And read this crap over and over again? Please get to the business that you were elected to do, and to those with the multiple personal issues against certain other people, I would rather see you speak with your votes more. Although we all have the right to speak it's clear that many of you have spoke your mind quite a bit. Maybe find more productive ways to make a difference.
Dan Lambert (Editor) December 05, 2012 at 10:03 PM
If anyone has any questions about why certain comments were deleted, we have a very comprehensive Terms of Use section you can refer to: http://oaklawn.patch.com/terms
The Ghost of QC December 05, 2012 at 10:52 PM
So andy gets to say whatever he wants but if anyone answers him, then boom! He called two people mudslingers. No action by you. He accused the Mayor and Trustee of threatening the jobs of employees. No action by you. He accused the Mayor of throwing old ladies under a bus. No action by you. Censorship is a dangerous tool in the hands of the media or the government. Once you start monitoring and deleting, you take responsibility for the comments.
Not Dave/Bob/Dennis December 05, 2012 at 11:52 PM
If anti-Andy and anti-doc posters buy ad space on patch and write garbage essays called blogs, can our posts remain? Not holding Andy to same standard is hypocritical and shows Patch is biased.
Oak Lawn Gal December 06, 2012 at 12:06 AM
I don't like censorship either but I think a simple rule would resolve this. If people call Andy names or get on him about personal issues their posts get deleted. But if Andy calls people names like Dennis/Bob or suggests that people post with their real names because they are obviously Dave or Bob or whoever then His posts gets deleted. But elected officials, candidates and anyone in the news are fair game. The problem with these threads is we end up with a few good discussions about the article and 80% rants that are unrelated and pointless. JMHO.
Dan Lambert (Editor) December 06, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I don't know Andy, nor do I have any idea how to go about being biased for or against him. All I am trying to do is enforce really simple rules. Attacking people's private personal lives in these threads isn't OK. If something he writes seems objectionable you are free to flag it and I'll be more than happy to remove it if it doesn't fit in with our standards.
prophet12155 December 06, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Oh this is great stuff. Watching Andy trip over himself is hysterical! It is such poetic justice that Andy is no longer in the good graces of Streit. He lost his job that he was so proud of, he lost his one true friend that he defended through and through the last election. Karma is one heck of a thing, isn't it?
andy skoundrianos December 06, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Here's an idea!!! Use your real name and picture cowards and then you won't get deleted!! Big men talking garbage and behind fake names what are you afraid of?? OlG I agree with you in part but it is kind of hard to take people or person seriously when 15 new names come up all attacking the same person and not think it is one person doing it!! My opinion though You at least keep the same tag name I respect that. I use my name and picture because I do not owe anyone anything in this Village. I'm not looking for bids for freinds or family and contrary to comments made I have NEVER asked for a village job EVER BY the way I never said throw Old Ladies under the bus I agree that elected officials are FAIR GAME If you don't like it don't run period....
c dorta December 06, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Bob December 07, 2012 at 01:27 AM
My name is Bob and I have lived in Oaklawn for 23 years. I wonder who the Patch will endorse for mayor.Haha.I think we know the answer to that. I am sure there are Roofing Contractors in Oaklawn that are qualified.
JustTheFacts December 08, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Fact #1....Andy can do whatever he pleases on "The Patch". Fact #2.....Andy thinks his options are messages from above and he likes to think everyone should follow his word as gospel. He does not have the ability to have a discussion as he throws a hissyfit whenever anyone expresses a different point of view Fact #3: With that mentality and the vehicle of "The Patch" is an unchecked destructive force. Final Fact. Thus given this scenerio the best way to neutralize "Andy" is to ignore him. Yes this will make him stomp his feet harder and throw a tantrum...but eventually he will take his toys and leave and the adults can have a real discussion. That's just the facts.....as I see them.
andy skoundrianos December 08, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Hey Prophet and Just the facts what are the odds that your posts are made at the exact time of 7:42 am saturday december 8th?? Just luck I guess Right DEN/BOB ??? Bob is no longer in the good graces of a lot of people over the past 6 months Maybe switching sides and joining the Mayor to get his friends and family jobs and contracts had something to do with it...
prophet12155 December 10, 2012 at 06:34 PM
I am sooooo not Bob or Dennis, Andy. I don't like you for a completely different reason!


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