Gwinnett Forges Ahead

I know it’s April Fool’s Day, but this is all too real.

In choosing a builder and architect for the proposed minor-league Braves stadium, Gwinnett County made its picks in an unusual way: The man who runs the Gwinnett Center, who wasn’t a county employee, called four handpicked companies and asked for proposals.

Then a handful of appointed officials and others got together in private and figured out which companies they liked better for the $45 million stadium, being built with taxpayer money.

No request for proposals. No public bid review. No specific criteria for judging the proposals. And no public meeting or public vote.

This might be legal, but it isn’t good policy.

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