The Daily Oklahoman from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on June 23, 1977 · 37
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The Daily Oklahoman from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma · 37

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Thursday, June 23, 1977
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THE DAILY OKLAIIOMAN Hursddy, Juno 23, 1977 37 City Studies Selection of Consultants By Lynn Hamilton Oklahoma City officials Wednesday began studying the city's process of selecting architects and engineers to see 1 some individuals', are receiving more contracts than a city council resolution allows. Re-examlnatlon began after Mayor Patience Latting noted at Tuesday's council meeting that a city consultant has ownership In three separate corporations that have received city contracts. A' resolution passed by the council in December 1974 says no individual who has received more than 20 per -cent of the city's consultant contracts in the past year may be hired for a new project. However, two of the three companies which are ' partly owned by OMamoma City consultant: If red Spitz already have received a total of ' per cent of the city's consulting fees during the past year, city fig. ures show. On Mayor Uilting's urging Tuesday, the council delayed approval: of the granting of a new project to P.S.A. & T.,j of which Spitz is part o wnerl ,1vo other companies of. which Spitz has ownership, Fred Spitz and Associates and Painter anil Spitz Consultants, h axe each received abqut 19 per cent of the cilys consultant dmihg the past year, citjt-staff records show. Thq": two companies, which have each received about 51 million in .fees this year, are just below the 20 per cent limit, but when their percentages arc combined, they far exceed it. Each company.; received the fees from single large projects. tercd at 30S NE 27. Jeff Ray, director of the community develop m e n t department, which supervises the selection of consultants, said his staff lig-ures each firm's percentage of contracts separately and docs not try to compute the percentage of contracts received by each part-owner in a firm. He sulci Hint while the intent of the 1971 resolution may have been .to limit the profit received by each consultant, the resolution docs not spell out that intont. The resolution, which also sets a 10 per cent limit on the percentage of contracts received within five years, defines a consultant as "the particular firm or Individual being evaluated," including their percentage of participation in "any and all previous joint ventures, consortiums or other forms of amalgamation." Ttay said he Interpreted this definition to describe those occasions when several con sulting firms work together on a city project. The few times this has occurred, Ray said, the staff divided the percentage of work among the companies involved. After Tuesday ' feeting, Mayor tatting said she had believed the A e i n i 1 1 o n was aimed at preventing a consultant from forming separate corpora-lions In order to remain below the percentage of contracts allowed. She said the resolu tion may need to written in order to clar- Jack Ogle Resigns Position in TV News ifv the councils Intention. Spit, could not. bo reached for comment Wednesday, but his partner in Painter and Spitz Consultants, Pat Painter, said the three consulting firms work out of the same office and exchange consulting personnel w h e n necessary. Painter, former Oklahoma City manager, said he is sure if Spitz's percentage of profit from the contracts given to the three firms were figured, Spitz would be below the 20 per cent limit. Ray said Spitz visited his office Wednesday morning with figures showing Ills percentage of ownership in each of the three firms. ownership In each company, he would probably be below the limit, Ray said. Ray said he believes it is time to take n new i look at the limits themselves, which he said arc "arbitrary and Just pulled out of the air." "'Now Is a good (lino to look at these figures and see if they should be raised or lowered," he said. : Ray said if the limits are too low, they could prevent the city from getting the best consulting talent. Consultants do not bid for city projects but i are selected by the city council upon the recommendation of a coin-in i 1 1 c e composed of Ray, the city manager or Ids representative and a representative of the city department stt- pervising Ihc project. The fens received by t h e consultant are based upon the sire of the project. Jack Ogle ended his lG-year career as an Oklahoma City television journalist Wednesday night with a final broadcast as anchor man of Oklahoma City's KTVr-TV G p.m. news. Ogle said he will devote his attention to his broadcast production of Oklahoma State University athletics "and perhaps two or three other opportunities. Ogle began his broad- casting career with WKY-TV and WKY Ra dio and stayed with the television station when it became KTVY-TV. 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