On November 8, 2016, during a City Council meeting Councilman George Rice asked Monticello’s City Manager Ty Bailey if the City was helping to pay for a new private parking lot? The parking lot was located behind the Monticello Home & Auto Supply, Inc (NAPA Auto parts) and the Monticello Merc on Main Street.
Manager Bailey replied, “I’m not sure I will have to research that.”
The Petroglyph decided to look into the question that Councilman Rice asked. The GRAMA request documents that I received from the City of Monticello revealed that Ty Bailey, on behalf of the City of Monticello, entered into a contract with both Monticello Home & Auto Supply, Inc (NAPA Auto parts) and the Monticello Merc on May 23, 2016, to re-asphalt their joint parking lot. There was no indication that this project was ever brought before the city council. It appears that it was put together by just a couple of city employees.
The contract was drawn up by Monticello City Attorney Walter Bird and sent to Nate Langston the Public Works Director according to email records. Mr. Langston worked with both businesses and LeGrand Johnson the contractor to put the project together. Then on May 23, 2016, City Manager Ty Bailey signed the finished contract along with both business representatives agreeing to the following terms.
Each party agreed to pay 1/3 of the $24,444.60 original bid by LeGrand Johnson
The City of Monticello agreed to pay for the total amount of the project when it was completed and let the businesses make payments to the city
Each business would have until June 30, 2017 to pay off their 1/3 of the project $8,148.20