Minority contracting issues dominate city Board of Estimates meeting

July 29, 1999|By Gerard Shields | Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF

The local minority contractors' association protested a construction project and city auditors recommended that monitoring of the minority contracting law be improved at the city Board of Estimates meeting yesterday.

The Maryland Minority Contractors' Association sent a letter to the five-member board objecting to the spending of $1 million in renovations to Meyerhoff Symphony Hall without involvement of minority contractors.

Under city law, all contractors receiving city money must award at least 20 percent of the work to minority firms. Companies are permitted to get waivers if they can prove hardship in meeting the rule.

The contractors group also asked the board to defer spending $1.7 million for the Sandtown-Winchester Square Home Ownership Zone Project. The developer has committed to complying with the city's minority contracting requirements, but the association said it wants to ensure that its minority general contracting firms be given an equal opportunity to compete.

The board asked representatives from the city's departments of Planning and Housing and Community Development to respond to the concerns.

Pub Date: 7/29/99

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