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OOPS: City of Kelowna accidentally published wrong tender information

It's not clear whether the pests the City of Kelowna wants to manager are mice or men.
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November 02, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Well, this is embarrassing.

City of Kelowna staff accidentally published what appears to be internal notes about one of its contractors in what was supposed to be just another bid opportunity with the city.

The city’s Current Bidding Opportunities web page and email typically comes with links to details on the contracts, what work needs to be done, application dates, forms that need filling out and deadlines that must be met.

But that wasn't what appeared in a Pest Management post yesterday, Nov. 1.

“Apparently we currently use Orkin, but they are signed up on several 1 year ’contracts’,” the posting states. “This hasn’t been competed (sic) and it is challenging to effectively manage. Would be great to get something in before the year turns new. Emailed Arlo - waiting to hear back on scope of work Project closes Nov 26, 2020 12:00 PM PST,” was the only other thing in the post.

The city does employ an Arlo Johnson who is listed as Building Services Manager.

The posting was taken down a short while later.

The city’s purchasing department did not return a call from iNFOnews.ca but their communications department said, in an email, “it was a premature release of the bidding opportunity” and it will be reposted when it’s ready.

When iNFOnews.ca called Orkin, a manager declined to comment.

He did say the company does do work for the city but does a lot of other contract work elsewhere and suggested it was simply a mistake.

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