It appears that someone changed their mind on the type of agreement they wanted to have with Vision Fleet and it appears that they went back and revised it and tried to make it seem as if the Master Service Agreement was the original agreement,” said [Council CFO Bart] Brown after he met with council democrats in caucus Wednesday night. “We had a contract that was executed on time and then it appears that a new contract was signed later that was to replace the original contract, however, there is no evidence to show us that the original contract was ever rescinded.”
Brown told CBS4 News that he thinks the Ballard Administration wanted the Vision Fleet contract to take effect without council oversight or potential delays.
“We see this as a lease/rental agreement that needed to go through Purchasing and had approval through the council,” said Brown. “This was probably for expedience sake. They wanted to make sure that they did it to where nobody would interfere.”
Brown said that strategy, at the very least, is a violation of city procurement ordinances.
Councilman Frank Mascari thinks the Department of Public Works may have violated the law and has asked if the Marion County Prosecutor should investigate.
“I think they found their mistakes and then tried to backdate things to cover themselves,” said the Beech Grove democrat. “I don’t know if it’s even legal what they did.
“It makes it way more outrageous,” said Mascari. “The big thing is, they didn’t rescind the first one, so that means, what lease are we actually dealing with? Are we dealing with the rental agreement or the lease agreement? That’s the big question.”Naturally, the Ballard administration had no comment on its latest corruption scheme. Mascari is whistling Dixie if he thinks Terry Curry will actually conduct a public corruption investigation. He's taken a pass on every major corruption scheme occurring on his watch as Marion Co. Prosecutor despite a campaign pledge he first made when he ran for office to step up investigation and prosecution of public corruption.