By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/03/15 – 6:05 PM PDT |

There is no evidence to suggest that Colton City Council members were given preferential treatment by the city Public Works Department for having speed bumps installed on one councilman’s street and a brick wall repaired at the home of a councilwoman, the San Bernardino County Grand Jury has found.

The findings were part of the grand jury’s investigation into Colton’s management and financial record-keeping practices relating to capital-improvement projects, the council’s interactions with the city manager and city departments, the city’s annual auditing practices, and its outdated computer systems.

The grand jury specifically reviewed the approval process for the construction of speed bumps on city streets, and documentation revealed that the projects at issue were completed consistently with the city’s established procedures and guidelines.

“The grand jury uncovered no evidence to support allegations that favoritism was given to elected officials in the decision to approve construction of the speed bumps,” according to the grand jury report released Wednesday.

Council members Frank Gonzales and Susan Oliva came under fire last year when speed bumps were constructed on Gonzales’ street and a brick wall was repaired at Oliva’s home. The work was conducted by the city Public Works Department.

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