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A few relevant articles from the Wichita Eagle:
Wichita city manager proposes eliminating no-bid construction projects
Layton said last week that he intends to ask the City Council for a policy change against those no-bid contracts. The contracts became an issue after council members Michael O’Donnell and Pete Meitzner forced the city to take bids on the city-financed 300-stall parking garage adjacent to the privately financed Ambassador Hotel Wichita at Douglas and Broadway.
Letter from mayor at center of construction bid controversy
Key was set to receive the garage contract in a no-bid deal from the city before O’Donnell and Pete Meitzner, supported by City Manager Robert Layton, led a revolt on the council that forced the garage project to be bid. Key ultimately was the low bidder.
Eagle editorial: Appearance matters on city contracts
It’s not a surprise that the prospect of Key winning the airport contract with the second-lowest bid is raising questions now, just as Key’s initial no-bid contract for the Ambassador Hotel parking garage did last year.