I took this issue up with Vic on his FB page, here: https://www.facebook.com/victor.cirilo.3/posts/10152132759253351?comment_id=164736843&offset=0&total_comments=13
Note that he doesn't at all understand that the broker fees are included in what we pay the insurers. Also, note that he tries to use terms like "free market economics" and when I ask him to explain, he says "we all know what this is about" and that politics should not influence policy--that is, we "all know" it's about supporting Joe K whenever someone asks him questions he can't answer.
Sayers is either faking an astonishing amount of ignorance, or he isn't faking it at all. What on earth does it matter that the broker doesn't know which company will get picked? It's negotiated its fees with ALL of them, their fees are in every bid, so whoever the Town picks, Fairview gets their chunk.
And Sayers acts like the fact that the town doesn't take lowest bid, that they get a bunch of bids and often someone is willing to come down and underbid the others, is a PLUS. It's not--it means no one has any incentive to give their lowest possible bid the first time around, they can give high-ball offers and then wait to see just how low everyone else goes and then just barely beat that, when in fact they might be able to go far lower.
In fact, this is the Starlite-Spango Pizza Picnic Method of Town bidding--bid high (say, $10/pie) then find out how low other businesses are willing to charge ($8/pie), then use your town connections to meet the lowest bid and get the job for $8 yourself, instead of, say, bidding $7.50 in the first place, or losing the job because you were so darn expensive a bid. This is where the favoritism/cronyism comes in. Thanks to observant PRC members making the Starlite Pizza bidding method public, this method is no longer being used for the several-hundred-dollar Town Picnic pizza job--now the lowest bid gets the job. But for less important things, such as six-figure broker fees for insurance, we stick to the Starlite Pizza crony method to chose the Town's broker and insurer, and Sayers thinks that's a good thing.
There is so much to pick apart here it's astounding, and yet making sense to some Council members earns you accusations of "politics over policy." Because Sayers interrupted the Council's business due to policy, not politics, of course.
Kayser's citing of case law would, if you accept his interpretation, mean that no Council should ever pass ordinances at all--does he work for Trenk?