City of Atlanta May Proceed With Negotiation of Large Food and Beverage Contracts at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Mayor’s Office of Communications
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|Sonji Jacobs, Director
|Reese McCranie, Deputy Director
Thế giới cáFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 01/31/12
Thế giới cáNews Release
City of Atlanta May Proceed With Negotiation of Large Food and Beverage Contracts at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International AirportSuperior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford on Tuesday heard SSP America Inc.’s renewed emergency request to stop the city from proceeding with the execution of food and beverage contracts at the Airport. SSP also requested expedited discovery and asked the court to extend SSP’s protest period. SSP requested all of the above relief based on its allegations that the city failed to comply with the Georgia Open Records Act. The city began reviewing over one million pages of documents on January 10, 2012, and completed production on January 27, 2012.
After hearing testimony from Deputy City Attorney Peter Andrews on the city’s extensive and comprehensive efforts to comply with SSP’s multiple ORA requests, Judge Bedford observed that Mr. Andrews’ testimony was credible, and that it appeared that the city had acted in good faith. Judge Bedford suggested that SSP and the city agree on voluntary steps the city would take to ensure that SSP could file a substantive protest.
“The agreement reached between the city and SSP memorializes the city’s continuous compliance with the ORA, and will provide SSP with a full and fair opportunity to file a meaningful protest,” City Attorney Cathy Hampton said. “Today’s agreement simply restates and continues the commitment the city made to SSP before the litigation began. Under the agreement, the city will provide SSP with 24 hours advance notice of the execution of the contracts.”