2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2009 13:10:23 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS: Camp Bonneville (WA) expenses/cleanup letter
Contractor hired by Army defends extravagant dinners

By Michael Andersen
Columbian (WA)
February 11, 2009

June 14, 2007, was, as lead contractor Mike Gage observed in his notes, "a very full day" for the little group of workers cleaning up Camp Bonneville.

"More cultural resources stuff, lots of county insurance stuff, a lunch on finance stuff," then a long walk with county workers to look over the $300,000 fence being built around the former U.S. Army camp while it was prepared for use as a county park.

For Gage, it was the sort of day that ended in a $125 business dinner for three at Vancouver restaurant Tommy O's, complete with six orders of Bombay Sapphire.

Receipts on file with Clark County show that Gage, a former deputy mayor of Los Angeles, spent the last three years as a one-man stimulus package for Clark County's finest eateries, developing a federally funded taste for lava cake and top-shelf gin.


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Camp Bonneville cleanup costs, tempers soar
State prepared to force project's completion by contractor

By Erik Robinson
Columbian (WA)
February 11, 2009

If an $815 meal tab doesn't alarm you, this number might: $5 million.

State environmental regulators say that's a rough accounting of the extra cost of clearing old shells from just one wider-than-expected area at Camp Bonneville.

As the U.S. Army and the prime contractor hired by Clark County fight over bar tabs, spiraling costs threaten to delay the day when the former military installation becomes a county park.

The state Department of Ecology weighed in last week with a sharply worded letter to contractor Mike Gage.

In it, the state vowed to go to court to ensure Gage's company lives up to its responsibility to prepare the 3,840-acre site for re-use as a county park — whatever it costs.

"If they ever run out of money, then the Department of Ecology intends to go back and compel the Army to do the cleanup," said Barry Rogowski, who manages the Department of Ecology's oversight of the $26.8 million cleanup.


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Lenny Siegel
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