WILSON – The State Comptroller’s Office said in an audit released Tuesday that the Town of Wilson Highway Department doesn’t always competitively bid contracts when it should. The auditors also opined that the town repaints the stripes on its roads too often.
The report said Highway Superintendent Daniel M. Kerwin didn’t provide written documentation that he complied with town policy or state law by seeking bids or quotes for 17 purchases in 2012 and 2013, totaling $480,282. These included the purchases of two pickup trucks, a dump truck, two mowers and a tractor, as well as the annual road striping contract.
“We question why the town restripes 97 percent of its roads every year, beginning since at least 2008,” the auditors wrote.
Supervisor Joseph A. Jastrzemski replied that the town follows the long-standing practice because it has limited street lighting and feels fresher pavement markings promote safety. He also promised the Comptroller’s Office that the town will pay more attention to filing supporting documentation for purchases.