"After my presentation in May (to the Westfield Town Council), regarding the purchase of the mobile command center and other vehicles, can anyone on this council explain how the Town owned one of the vehicles in February of 2013, a month before the bond resolution 2180 was voted on and bids were solicited?"
Note: Jim Gildea has a habit of waiting until after the speaker sits down to respond on the towns behalf; Gildea knows the speaker is barred from responding. He then proceeds to give an explanation which appears to make the town seem innocent of alleged impropriety when in fact he is diverting attention from all of the misconduct about which people complain.
Mr. Gildea does not want to answer questions concerning the law which requires the town to maintain an even playing field for all vendors. How can any other vendor properly compete with a successful vendor who has, according to Gildea, allowed two of its vehicles to remain in New Jersey to be used by the town, to be lettered as police vehicles and to be marked with a Utah transit certificate as being owned by the town of Westfield. How can any other vendor know they are competing against these gifts when these are being kept secret.
Does Mr. Gildea wish to point out where in the bid specifications he notified other vendors that two officers had allegedly already been courted with flights to Utah and hotel accommodations for unknown periods. It might be interesting to find out what Mr. Gildea defines as "something of value" when the law prohibits something of value being secretly given in return for bids.
It might be nice if Mr. Gildea would rise to answer questions before the speaker is required to sit down, thus once again leveling the playing field.
If the two vehicles are here on business, according to Gildea, why were they hidden inside a local businesses garage until after the bond resolution and bid process? TFoTM will assume Jim Gildea is referring to the Ford F-350 truck (Emergency Mobile Power) that tows the mobile command center and the 2008 Ford Expedition marked "CSI" that TFoTM has obtained a copy of a Utah State Tax Commission 96-Hour Motor Vehicle In-Transit Permit displayed in the window dated 2-7-13 and expires on Feb. 11, 2013 according to the Utah Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division.
|2008 Ford Expedition Utah 96-Hour In-Transit Permit|
Whats more interesting is that the Ford F-350 had "Westfield Police" printed on the vehicle before bond resolution 2180 was passed by the town council authorizing money to purchase the command center and bid notice being advertised.
Jim Gildea alleges that the document in the window of the 2008 Ford Expedition is an "In-Transit" certificate and not a certificate of ownership. Right.
TFoTM asks Westfield Town Administrator Jim Gildea the following:
1. Mr. Gildea, why does a vehicle parked on municipal property, the Ford F-350 that tows the mobile command center, have New Jersey Municipal Government license plates on it if Westfield does not own it?
|Chief David Wayman & Lieutenant Christopher Battiloro|
3. Mr. Gildea, why does the the Ford F-350 have "Westfield Police" markings on it in a photo data based as March 14, 2013 before bond resolution 2180 was voted on and passed?
|Lieutenant Christopher Battiloro/Mobile Command Center|
6. Why did the 2008 Ford Expedition (CSI), from the same company the MSOC (mobile command center) was purchased from, display a Utah State Tax Commission 96-Hour Motor Vehicle In-Transit Permit listing Westfield as the Owner/Representative dated February 7, 2013?
TFoTM would like Westfield Town Administrator Jim Gildea to answer the questions so that we can get our facts correct in the future.
Perhaps the manufacturer's owner Robert Mount can assist Mr. Gildea in answering the questions.
Mr. Mount certainly helped TFoTM.
Yes Jim, there is a Santa Claus.
Who is lying now, Mr. Gildea...........? You, Wayman or Robert Mount?