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Statement from Mark Rohr

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League City, Texas -

The process used to select the master developer was competitive in nature with the proposals being vetted by citizens and officials alike as part of the CART process. This was a group of approximately 15 people that reviewed the six proposals and presentations and selected Wallace-Bajalli, as a result of that effort. Once that recommendation was formed, a due diligence process took place consisting of phone reference checking and actual field trips to visit some of the projects they had worked on in the past. When the recommendation was made to Council, the results of the phone reviews and the field visits were detailed, warts and all. Council members were involved in both of the review processes, with the thought that their involvement would strengthen the presentation made to the body as a whole. I, personally discussed the results of the review and even started the presentation of the WB recommendation with the SEC issue(they had been fined). I knew what would come out eventually,needed to come out immediately and took that forthright approach. Council discussed the matter, and to my recollection, voted unanimously to select Wallace-Bajalli as the city’s master developer.

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There was nothing inherently wrong or flawed on the front end of the process. The problems occurred in the implementation phase of the process and the and the fact that the projects weren’t carried out to allow the money to flow from the redevelopment to allow the bills to be paid and the momentum established to enable the remaining projects to occur. There were three main reasons that didn’t occur-1)there were city officials and board members that were actively working against WB’s efforts. 2)the financial advisor the city hired didn’t actively participate in the planning stages of the process to help wade through the byzantine federal regulations required for the expenditure of CDBG and other funds. They only told you what you couldn’t do after you formed a plan, setting us back to the start of the planning process. 3)realizing the procedural flaw outlined in point number two, I had determined I needed to play a greater role in the implementation process and had started doing just that when the investigation scam took place resulting in my departure. Frankly, there wasn’t anyone left at the city to see those projects through at that point. Many of those projects could and can still be carried out.

Mark Rohr

City Manager of League City, TX

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