Company information discovered
During the regular Washington City Council meeting Wednesday, council member Bob Shellmyer expressed concern about a company that had been hired to resurface the city’s tennis courts.
When a payment of $26,825 came up to Flex Court Athletics of Kewanee, Ill., also known as Flex Court International, Shellmyer showed a report from the Better Business Bureau showing seven complaints in the last three years. The bureau’s Web site showed that the business’s accreditation was suspended due to a failure to honor an arbitrator’s decision after the business agreed to it. Six of the seven complaints were shown to have been resolved with bureau assistance.
“There is a one-star-out-of-five rating,” Shellmyer said.
City accountant Joe Myers said the total bid was for $52,000. He also said the company had not done the work yet. Half of the bid was due before the work began. Shellmyer said one of the complaints was that the company required payments and then did not provide the product.
The company is scheduled to have the work on the courts done before Labor Day.
Shellmyer read some more complaints, including one that said the company was “the most dishonest company” the writer ever dealt with.
“I throw it out there, just for general information,” Shellmyer said. “If it is already paid, I think we better have a steel arm watching it.”
Shellmyer also said that he liked the work that was proposed to the tennis courts, but that the ratings have him concerned.
City administrator Brent Hinson said that the park board had made the recommendation to use the company.
“They looked a multiple options for addressing the tennis court,” he said. “Obviously some of the information you provided could have possibly swung them before they made that decision. Hopefully we will not have any problems. That is a little disturbing to hear.”
Hinson said the board had looked at six courts that the company had resurfaced before making its decision. The communities all gave Flex Court good references, he said. He said that with this information, the city will pay extra attention to make sure the work is completed when scheduled.
During the vote on the consent agenda, of which Shellmyer asked that the Flex Court bid be done separately, he voted against paying the company. The other five members present voted to approve the payment. Mayor Sandra Johnson was absent and Pro Tem Bob Shepherd ran the meeting.