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Baltimore vehicle maintenance contractor agrees to pay nearly $92,000 to resolve claims it bilked city

The Baltimore Board of Estimates agenda outlines an agreement for an auto repair and maintenance service to pay the city nearly $92,000 and hold no city contracts for five years. City Hall is shown in 2019.

Baltimore’s spending panel is scheduled to accept $91,746 to drop claims against an auto repair and maintenance service in Southeast Baltimore that allegedly submitted inflated bills to the city.

Holabird Enterprises of Maryland Inc. has agreed to pay the money and accept the return of five unused snowplows. The company would also agree not to seek city contracts for five years. In exchange, the city and company would drop lawsuits against each other, according the agenda for Wednesday’s Board of Estimates meeting.

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The board is scheduled to consider the settlement offer from Holabird and its principals, Lawrence Ward and Daniel Foy.

Reached by phone Tuesday, Ward declined to comment.

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The claims against Holabird surfaced last July in a report by Baltimore’s inspector general, who found the fleet management division of the Department of General Services mismanaged contracts and overpaid for services. Inspector General Isabel Mercedes Cumming said Holabird overcharged for snowplows and service work to city vehicles.

Cumming issued a second report two months later that found another company, Baltimore’s primary tow operator, was also overcharging the city. She wrote that city employees had rubber-stamped the inflated bills for years.


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