Contracting Standards Board to ‘pause’ potential disqualification process for Mystic Education Center developer

Also during a meeting Friday, the board passed two motions related to the Connecticut Port Authority, a quasi-public agency that is the subject of a recent report from the State Contracting Standards Board. The board voted to request formal opinions from the attorney general regarding the port authority’s ability to enter into public–private partnerships via its enabling statutes and regarding the legitimacy of the authority’s harbor development agreement, a public–private partnership signed Feb. 11, 2020. The board is working with the port authority on developing proper procedures for procurement, and the board has requested contracts, including for demolition work at State Pier in New London, Board Chairman Lawrence Fox and member Lauren Gauthier said. Fox said at Friday’s board meeting that while it’s difficult to predict the future, he thinks there is broad support in the General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee and in the legislature as a whole for the five additional positions for the board. He also suggested the committee consider mandating the vacancies be filled by Sept. 1 and to allow the executive director, at the board’s discretion, be reappointed for a period of time after his retirement to help with the transition.

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