Before embarking on a course of making changes that would weaken and reduce the benefits to the taxpayers from the Purchasing Policy by increasing the dollar threshold and/or reducing the required number of bidders, wouldn’t it make more sense to conduct an investigation and analysis to get to the bottom of why Hampton is having so much trouble getting 3 qualified bidders on projects exceeding $15,000. Thus far all we’ve heard is “off the cuff” opinions from the Town Manager and some of the Selectmen.
It appeared to us that the Town Attorney’s intent last week was to defend the actions of the Town Manager, Finance Director and Board of Selectmen related to the $444,000 encumbered on December 21, 2015. While we understand and accept that the Town Attorney may receive direction from the Board of Selectmen, we believe his clients are ultimately the citizens of the Town of Hampton. In our opinion, the presentation by the Town Attorney last week was designed to put Town Officials in a positive light and mislead the public. An objective legal opinion looking out for the interest of the citizens of Hampton would have been more appropriate.