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Audit on tow lot site selection process released

Today, the City Auditor’s Office released a performance audit on the process the City used to select a new tow lot site. The purpose of the audit was to determine whether the proposed site for the City’s new tow lot is the best available location.

The audit concludes that the proposed site for the tow lot is not a suitable location. There are flooding problems with the site, alternative uses for the site recommended by staff in other City departments, environmental concerns from state and federal regulatory agencies, and neighborhood opposition.

The audit also concludes that the City did not follow a reasonable process in selecting the proposed tow lot site. Because there is not any Citywide guidance on site selection, one employee conducted the search with limited input from other City departments and without input from regulatory agencies and neighborhood stakeholders. In addition, not all potential tow lot sites were identified prior to the selection.

The report includes recommendations for the city manager to develop procedures for selecting sites for City facilities and for the director of the Neighborhood and Community Services Department to use the new procedures when seeking a proposed site for the new tow lot. Management agreed with the recommendations.

This report should be accessible from by 3 p.m.

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