Nashua mayor to aldermen: Don’t alter rules on city contracts
Currently, any contract over $10,000 must be approved by the aldermanic Finance Committee. To provide additional review, Alderman-at-Large James Donchess is now proposing that any amendments to those contracts must again be analyzed and authorized by the committee.
Donchess is hoping to eliminate the $10,000 threshold and require any contractual amendment — whether it includes funding or not — to again be approved by the committee.
Lozeau acknowledged that she frequently signs off on contract changes such as project timelines, scope of work and monetary adjustments. Many of the contractual amendments are minor and could result in significant delays if they must be reviewed by the Finance Committee beforehand, she said.
Donchess said people, city officials included, deserve to know when changes occur in contracts, stressing the ordinance would help make those amendments more visible. Donchess said he worries about significant changes and decisions being made without anyone knowing about it.
“I am not trying to hide anything from the public,” said Lozeau, adding there is plenty of public disclosure when contracts over $10,000 must be approved by the committee. She noted that any financial amendments to the contracts may be viewed in the monthly record of expenditures.
Alderman Ken Siegel, Ward 9, said that going forward he would like to know that only clerical changes are being made to contracts that have already been authorized by the committee.
The Finance Committee did not vote on the proposed ordinance last week but will revisit the matter at its next meeting. The full Board of Aldermen will also have to vote on the proposal once the committee makes its recommendation.
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