The former chief of the City’s Public Works Department, Alan Williams, now says he was pressured into signing the affidavit supporting Waste Management’s interpretation of the contract and that had he refreshed his memory, he wouldn’t have signed it. According to Williams, he signed an affidavit given to him by a Waste Management lobbyist, at the urging of one of Mayor John Peyton’s top aides.
The Mayor states that it has always been the City’s contention that the contract is for the life of the facility, not the life of the site. So I guess I’m confused. If that’s always been the City’s contention, why is one of the Mayor’s top aides urging a former City employee to sign an affidavit in support of Waste Management’s interpretation of the contract?
The Mayor will be presenting his side of the Trail Ridge issue at the Tiger Bay Club this Friday. I, for one, will be interested in the Mayor’s response to this development.
Could this be the end of the line for the Trail Ridge no-bid contract? Jacksonville’s residents can only hope so.
Read more of the Alan Williams story in the TU here.