Private water agreements (Office of the Mayor of Lexington)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Office of the Mayor of Shreveport of Shreveport, LA.

It is a clone of this request.

Status
Completed

Communications

From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the the Louisiana Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Absolutely any and all materials related to the provision by a non-public or non-governmental agency - such as a private company - of water and water services within the jurisdiction of this agency. Please include all applicable service and financial applications and agreements, including, but not limited to, the following materials:
- Requests for Proposal or equivalent calls for contractor bids
- All bidder responses
- All evaluative materials created by this jurisdiction, agency, or decision-making body
- All contracts and associated exhibits, amendments, and associated elements
- All invoices or other payment materials
- All service reports or notifications of service construction or disruption
- Any available inspection or disciplinary materials

If any clarification is necessary, please feel free to be in touch via this email address or by phone at 617-299-1832.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Beryl Lipton

From: Julie Lafargue

I represent the City of Shreveport in matters related to the Department of Water and Sewer, and on behalf of the Mayor, am responding to your public records request of August 10, 2017.

Can you please clarify for us the subject matter of the request? We interpret the request as a request for documents related to whether the City has an agreement to privatize the operation of its Department of Water and Sewer, or has solicited Requests for Propsals or Bids to privatize the operation of its Department of Water and Sewer.

Once you clarify the request, we will promptly respond. Thank you.

Julie M. Lafargue
Abrams & Lafargue, LLC
330 Marshall Street
Suite 1020
Beaird Tower
Shreveport, Louisiana 71101
318-222-9100

CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT
Please be advised that the preceding e-mail message (including any attachments) contains information that may be confidential and/or protected by the attorney-client privilege. It is intended to be conveyed only to the designated recipient(s).

From: Julie Lafargue

To Whom It May Concern:

I represent the City of Shreveport in matters related to the Department of Water and Sewer, and on behalf of the Mayor, am responding to your public records request of August 10, 2017 as follows:

1. The City of Shreveport has no contracts with a non-public or non-governmental agency, such as a private company, to provide water and water services. Likewise, the City of Shreveport has not issued any Requests for Proposal or Bids seeking contracts with a non-public or non-governmental agency, such as a private company, to provide water and water services.

1. A Shreveport resident, Ransdell "Randy" Keene, made an unsolicited approach to the City purporting to represent Suez, and spoke to the City Council concerning his desire to have Suez provide water services to the City. However, the City's Director of Water & Sewer, Barbara Featherston, was advised by Suez that Mr. Keene was not authorized to make any statements or speak on behalf of Suez, and that Suez did not make a report to Global Water Intelligence magazine (GWI), which had reported the City met with representatives of Suez. Letters and emails pertaining to those contacts are attached, and a link to the minutes of the City Council meeting is below.

https://www.shreveportla.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_07252017-752

[cid:image002.png@01D315C1.2398E350]

1. The City has a current RFP for water billing services, RFP 17-810 , which can be found through the below link. It is NOT a request for privatization of the operations of the water department, or to provide water and water services to the City.

https://www.shreveportla.gov/Search?searchPhrase=RFP%2017-810&page=1&perPage=10

1. Apparently in response to the GWI report, another company, Veolia Water, has made an unsolicited approach to the Director of Water & Sewer. Email correspondence concerning this approach is attached.

Please let me know if you have any questions concerning this response.

Julie M. Lafargue
Abrams & Lafargue, LLC
330 Marshall Street
Suite 1020
Beaird Tower
Shreveport, Louisiana 71101
Phone: 318.222.9100
Fax: 318.222.9191
Email: jlafargue@abramslafargue.com<mailto:jlafargue@abramslafargue.com>

[cid:image001.png@01D219A6.0A157690]
Website<http://abramslafarguelaw.com/>

CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT
Please be advised that the preceding e-mail message (including any attachments) contains information that may be confidential and/or protected by the attorney-client privilege. It is intended to be conveyed only to the designated recipient(s). If you are not the intended recipient of this message, please do not read, copy, or retransmit this message, and notify the sender by replying to this message and then deleting it from your system. Use, dissemination, distribution or reproduction of this message by anyone other than the intended recipient(s) is not authorized and may be unlawful.

Files

pages

Close