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Paper: Wichita mayor steered water plant contract to friends


October 2, 2019

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell steered the city's nearly $524 million contract for a new water plant away from a nationally known design team and toward his political supporters and friends, a newspaper reported.

A city selection committee unanimously recommended that the contract to replace the city's 80-year-old water plant should go to Jacobs Engineering, a national design firm that specializes in water treatment plants.

Instead, Longwell urged the City Council to first change the terms for the bid for the contract and then recommended awarding it to Wichita Water Par...

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