Audit revealed $2,600 owed, grill owner says

An audit of Pinon Grill revealed the restaurant owed the city $2,600 over six years, according to the restaurant’s owner, Steve Hoefer.

The prospect that the restaurant at the Tiara Rado Golf Course would face an audit was brought up during a hastily called public meeting Jan. 20. The city can audit its contracts, such as the one it had with Pinon Grill, to determine whether contractors are meeting all requirements.

City Manager Laurie Kadrich said the city would not release the results of the audit and there was no paper trail of the report.

Kadrich said the results were confidential between the contractor and the city, and the Jan. 20 meeting was intended to update Grand Junction City Council members about the status of Pinon Grill, not to air comments about an audit of the restaurant’s contract.

“The issue has been resolved,” Kadrich said.

According to the contract with Pinon Grill, Hoefer was required to pay 5 percent of gross sales to the city. Hoefer said the oversight came from his not including charges for renting linens for banquets and for food sold to family and friends as part of gross sales.

“They considered that a sale. I’m not going to argue with that,” Hoefer said.

“It was an accounting procedure. It didn’t surprise me that they were going to do an audit. Boy, if they would have found this out four or six years ago, we may have been able to deal with it,” Hoefer said.

Kadrich said it was a mistake that Two Rivers Convention Center had been placed in the bidding process for a new contract alongside other private vendors.

However, Kadrich said, the process did not favor the city’s Two River Convention Center.

Evaluators’ scores that were later changed to give Two Rivers higher scores and private vendors Pinon Grill and Venema lower scores didn’t change the ultimate outcome.

The evaluators, who were mostly city employees and members of the city’s parks and recreation advisory board, rated Two Rivers’ interview and tasting much higher than the other two options.

“It wasn’t corrupt,” Kadrich said. “We do everything we can not to have a corrupt system.”


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