Quincy, Illinois-September18, 2013-Quincy Public Schools recently gave a no-bid contract worth $22,194 to R.L. Brink, Corp. of Quincy, a contractor that is currently under suspension from the Illinois Department of Transportation. The contract was to perform asphalt patching on the upper portion of the Quincy Senior High School parking lot in approximately 7 different locations throughout the lot.
Information obtained by Operating Engineers Local 965 through the State of Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) indicates that the School District did not let the project out for bid as is usually done on similar construction projects. No other bids were received nor proposals accepted by the School District for the project. No bonding was required and neither engineering logs nor material testing was performed to insure the quality of the work.
R.L. Brink, Corp., a long-time Quincy excavating and paving contractor has been at odds with the State of Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) for nearly a year concerning their performance on state projects. Brink has been suspended from either bidding on or performing work on any projects that included either funding from or the concurrence of IDOT for a period of 2 years. IDOT had performed a lengthy investigation into Brink projects and found that they, “did materially violate the Responsible Bidding provisions of the Illinois Procurement Code and bring into question the eligibility of Brink”, as a qualified bidder on at least three IDOT projects. Additionally, IDOT stated in their initial Notice of Suspension that, “Brink’s submission of false records and material representations constitutes fraud, theft or other misconduct and offenses prohibited by law”. The suspension continues by stating, “Brink’s submission of false records to the Department, related to services performed by its employees appears to constitute theft and may violate the Illinois Criminal Code.” Finally, the suspension ends by saying, “Brinks suspension of false records, material false statements and representations respecting the character, quality, quantity, or cost of any work performed in connection with any contract administered or supervised by the Department demonstrates a lack of responsible business integrity and honesty.”
R.L. Brink, Corp. has also pled guilty to a child labor law violation, had a lengthy history of safety violations and fines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and several Prevailing Wage Complaints submitted to the Illinois Department of Labor and the US Department of Labor.
R.L. Brink, Corp. is a Quincy based construction firm engaged in asphalt paving, concrete work and excavating. The company was also a frequent contractor for the City of Quincy, Adams County Highway Department and various Adams County Townships prior to their suspension. According to the State of Illinois Secretary of State website, R.L. Brink, Corp. is headed by Ronald L. Brink as President and Julie A. Brink as Secretary. Julie Brink is also Chairman of the Quincy Plan Commission, an appointed position that deals with city zoning issues.
The entire “Notice of Suspension and Interim Suspension” issued to Brink by IDOT may be viewed at IDOT’s Chief Procurement Officer’s website at http://www2.illinois.gov/cpo/dot/Documents/RL%20Brink%20Suspension.pdf. The “Final Determination of Suspension” issued by the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer may be viewed at http://www2.illinois.gov/cpo/dot/Documents/R.%20L.%20Brink%20Final%20Determination.pdf
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