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Dayton City Commission Approves Contract Put On Hold In Light Of Federal Fraud Investigation

Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein says the city is reviewing all current and potential contracts.
Jerry Kenney
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WYSO

The Dayton City Commission Wednesday approved a contract that was taken off the agenda last week after a federal investigation raised questions about the city’s business practices.

Last week, City Manager Shelley Dickstein said the nearly $1 million contract needed further review before coming up for a vote.

At Wednesday's meeting, Dickstein said that review was now complete.

“The procurement process pertaining to this calendar item was reviewed by law to ensure that the integrity of the procurement process was followed," she said, "and so it has been confirmed that it was."

The asphalt-resurfacing contract was awarded to John Juergensen Co., a prior city vendor.

At a previous city commission meeting, Dickstein said the city’s contracting process would be reviewed by a third party, and that all upcoming contracts would be carefully scrutinized.

Federal officials last week revealed two current and former Dayton employees were indicted on charges of fraud and public corruption due in part to their handling of city contracts.

Two other Dayton businessmen were also charged in connection with the probe. 

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