More banter between surveyor candidates
By Christin Nance Lazerus firstname.lastname@example.org August 27, 2012 10:28PM
George Van Til, Lake County Surveyor.
Lake County Surveyor George Van Til is disgusted at the latest salvo from his Republican opponent Eric Krieg, who accused the Van Til of favoring certain bidders.
“What he says is absurd and once again, without any merit,” Van Til said. “The fact that he’s using this particular contractor as his source is scary. (Joe Jargella of Chem Check Inc.) threatened numerous people on my staff and said he would go to my opponent and the feds with information.”
In Krieg’s press release, he alleged that Chem Check Inc. was labeled a non-responsible bidder by the Lake County Drainage Board for a project at the Brown Levee Ditch in Grand Kankakee Marsh County Park because the company wasn’t poltiically connected. Thus, the low bidder was disqualified and the work was given to R.A. Oros, which Krieg said is poltically connected.
Van Til said that’s ridiculous claim since he’s received poltical donations from Chem Check Inc. Van Til stressed that he did not make the recommendation, but it stemmed from Lake County Commissioner Gerry Scheub and Lake County Councilman Rick Niemeyer receiving complaints about Chem Check’s work on Griesel Ditch south of Lowell.
“The Drainage Board is appointed by the township trustees and are mostly Republicans,” Van Til said. “They unanimously recommended that (Chem Check) not get the contract. So how can that be a political plot?”
Van Til said that Chem Check was the low bidder for the project — by around $1,000 on a $120,000 project.
He said that Chem Check was not very cooperative when Surveyor’s Office staff pointed out that bid specifications were not being met.
“We need contractors who will respond when we’re going out inspecting their work, or come to us and say ‘we think you should take a look at this’,” he said.
Krieg said he’s not saying that Chem Check’s work shouldn’t have been inspected, but that it should be inspected the same way as all contractors.