Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Saratoga Hearing Postponed; Lawsuit against Oklahoma's Roof Asset Mgmt. Program May Settle out of Court

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Saratoga Hearing Postponed; Lawsuit against Oklahoma's Roof Asset Mgmt. Program May Settle out of Court

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The lawsuit against the state's Roof Asset Management Program filed by Saratoga Roofing and Construction could be settled out of court after a court date set for May 23 was postponed.

"We are working with the state to try to work out some of the issues we have," said Oklahoma City attorney Jeffrey Taylor, representing Saratoga Roofing. "Hopefully we can work out some of the issues and dismiss the lawsuit."

The Roof Asset Management Program is overseen by the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, which is represented by state Assistant Attorney General M. Daniel Weitman. He filed his response to Saratoga's request for a temporary injunction, asking for it to be overruled.

The company alleges that the Roof Asset Management Program is completing illegal contracts because the state requires that all public projects of more than $50,000 be put out for public bid.

John Estus, spokesman for the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, said he could not comment about pending litigation.

In his response, Weitman defends the points of the RAMP program. The purpose of the program is to provide some efficiency and consistency in the costs of maintenance and repair of roofs on state buildings, he wrote.

"In this regard, the Division of Construction and Properties, in compliance with the Oklahoma Competitive Bidding Act, awarded the area-wide IDIQs (indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity contracts) to the lowest responsible bidder," Weitman wrote. "The Division of Construction and Projects has determined that it is more cost- efficient to award one contract for the work in the region rather than awarding separate contracts piecemeal per work order."

In other words, every RAMP project is not put out for traditional public bid for the overall project. Projects in RAMP are put out for public bid item by item. The two companies with the lowest price on the items and the best availability to complete the projects needed in the program are used by the state to complete RAMP projects as they become available. …

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