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08/02/2013

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DEPARTMENT CHECK-UP Wastewater treatment is among the responsibilities of the county's Environmental Utilities Department. Images courtesy Sarasota County THE 90-DAY REVIEW OF THE COUNTY'S BELEAGUERED ENVIRONMENTAL UTILITIES DEPARTMENT WILL RESULT IN THE PRESENTATION OF A REPORT TO THE COUNTY COMMISSION By Roger Drouin County Editor Over the next three months a national consulting firm will undertake a review of Sarasota County's beleaguered Environmental Utilities Department. where the procurement problems came up," County Administrator Randall Reid said in an interview with The Sarasota News Leader this week. A countywide procurement scandal came The department was again thrust into controto light in 2011 after a utilities manager was versy and the media spotlight after a billing charged with receivmix-up in which cusing illegal gifts from tomers were charged a contractor awardI expect changes. That is the whole for backflow valve ed millions in bids for point of doing this. inspections that sewer repair work for were never conductRandall Reid the county. ed. The refunds due "Unfortunately this is one of the areas Administrator Sarasota County were then sent to the wrong customers.

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