Laval lost control over road projects and contracts:auditor general
The city of Laval let slip its control over road and other infrastructure construction and contracts and needs to get back into the driver's seat to control costs and manage things more efficiently, according to the city's auditor general.
A newly released report hints at a familiar pattern of collusion between 2009 and 2012. Auditor general Michèle Galipeau said the city of Laval let control over its infrastructure projects and contracts slip away and into the hands of engineering firms, leaving gaps and inefficiency in management, surveillance and accountability as well as allowing extras creep into contracts due to a lack of quality control and transparency.
The five companies that got nearly all of the city's infrastructure contracts were named during the Charbonneau Commission hearings: Cima+, Tecsult, MLC Associés, Genivar and Dessau.
"I cannot say it's collusion, I'm saying what the general administration has is not the right tools. I'm not saying they have collusion right now," Galipeau told reporters.
Galipeau said this can be fixed.
"It's quite easy. It's to put tools, procedures, more organization, and consider hiring more people to be in charge," Galipeau said.
Galipeau said she's also recommended a hotline be set up so people can report incidents of possible collusion.
And Galipeau said while the situation is alarming, she added she believes the city has the political will to change things.
"It's like a change of culture and I think the administration is capable of doing it."