Delays force Formby to drop out of contract negotiations with Gering
A Las Vegas woman who was the city of Gering's preferred applicant to be the operator of the Gering Golf Course restaurant says she is no longer interested due to a lack of response in the contract negotiations by the city.
Emmett Formby, who was working with his daughter Natasha Formby on the negotiations, says they sent a response to the city's initial contract offer October 5th. Formby says since then the city has not responded other than a call that said they would get back to the Formbys yesterday (Wednesday). Formby said when that didn't happen the Formbys decided they no longer wanted to be a partner with an organization so "undependable", noting he had been warned not to do business with the city.
The Formbys submitted a two page response to the city's initial contract, which Formby said was "in the city's favor." Gering council member Jill McFarland, chair of the council's recreation committee, says there were some "distinct challenges" in what Formby proposed that needed to be negotiated.
McFarland said while having Formby 1000 miles away did not help, a face to face meeting could have resolved the situation. McFarland said she did not know why such a meeting was not organized, adding she finds it "truly disappointing."
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