Contrary to the concerns of some area residents and rumors floating around town, City Attorney David Anderson said Wednesday that Tri-State Asphalt was shown no favoritism by Interim City Manager Tim Wilson on the street work it did this summer in Miami.
Anderson said he called a joint meeting of the Miami City Council and Miami Street Oversight Committee to get everything out in the open so there is no misperception.
"I didn't want anyone to think anything was covered up," he said.
Anderson said that last week he received calls about some street work invoices and ones indicating the contractor was "not doing compaction to ODOT (Oklahoma Department of Transportation specs."
"I called Tim about some decisions he made on the spot and Tim gave consistent clear answers," Anderson said.
He added, "His word means a lot to me."
Anderson said he checked to see if there had been any theft, malfeasance or fraud and found none. However, he did find some paperwork errors, which will be corrected.
"Tim may have told the contractor not to continue to keep pounding to get compaction. I have told him this kind of decision must be made by the council in the future," Anderson said.
He said Jay Calan, through a Freedom of Information request, asked him for paperwork which he has supplied.
Calan, who didn't get to speak at Wednesday's joint session of the council and street oversight committee, said he and several other residents would be at Thursday's special meeting of the council to give their side.
Anderson stressed that his job was to make sure the public is served.
Councilman Scott Trussler asked if the money for the streets was spent properly. "I believe so," Anderson said.
He said he will work with Mike Romero, Miami's chief financial officer, and Wilson on the paperwork for next year's work.
Wilson reminded the council that in the beginning, the city took bids on inspectors for the three-year street project and learned it would cost about $2.6 million for inspectors and a project manager.
There was an additional $1.5 million for design work.
"(Huey) Long, (former city manager), said we will spend our money on asphalt, not on engineering. I wrote the specs and did my best," he said.
Wilson said the city will never have streets the quality of ODOT's roads because of all the infrastructure under them.
"I put in ODOT specs to hold the contractor to them when we can. Highways have different standards. Highways can get compacted to standards, but you can't expect to get the same standards in milled streets," he said.
City Engineer Chuck Childs said ODOT's road compaction standards range from 92-96 pounds per square inch. The compaction on the milled streets involved was 89 psi.
Wilson said contractors can't be held responsible for what is under roads that a top layer is being milled. Some places have it, others don't, especially around pipes and other infrastructure.