Justin Zabel, vice president of Mercer Fraser Co., said he is happy his company has been hired on for a couple of stimulus-funded projects around the county, but said the process has raised some concerns for him.
Because the initial push was to get projects funded and under way as quickly as possible, Zabel
said, some agencies essentially rushed through the planning phases in order to meet tight federal deadlines, which sometimes resulted in incomplete plans.
said, some companies intentionally padded their bids to protect themselves against unforeseen costs.
"The main problems has been that when this stimulus money came out, it forced a lot of agencies and municipalities to hurriedly get their plans together because they gave drop-dead dates," Zabel
"You might find some bidders bidding higher than they normally might to cover themselves because some of the plans aren't as complete as they should be."
In addition to worrying that some public funds were wasted due to inflated bids, Zabel
also said he's
concerned the stimulus package may have "unnecessarily grown government at the federal and state levels to handle and implement all of the additional programs.