Melbourne trains were not CLEANED properly during coronavirus by contractor paying off Metro manager

Dirty dealings: Melbourne trains weren’t being CLEANED during the height of the coronavirus pandemic – because contractors were paying off a Metro Trains manager

  • Metro Trains’ operational fleet manager Peter Bollas said he was taking bribes 
  • He said Transclean boss George Haritos paid him $150k for cleaning contracts
  • In return Mr Bollas kept hidden that Transclean were not properly cleaning trains
  • Mr Bollas swore at Mr Haritos about the cleaning quality in a recorded phone call 

Melbourne metro trains were not cleaned properly during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic because cleaning contractors bribed a Metro Trains manager to cover up their work, an inquiry found.

Metro Trains’ operational fleet manager Peter Bollas admitted to receiving $150,000 from Transclean boss George Haritos, the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) heard on

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Melbourne trains not cleaned properly during COVID by contractor paying off Metro manager, inquiry hears

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In the conversation played to the hearings on Thursday, Mr Bollas takes issue with Transclean’s poor cleaning of Melbourne’s trains during the pandemic.

“The state is paying you more now, to do more work which you’re not doing,” Mr Bollas says on the phone call to Mr Haritos.

Mr Haritos responds: “I am.”

Later, Mr Bollas says: “They didn’t even f—ing spray the train.”

Mr Haritos: “I know because they were satisfied, because the trains weren’t sprayed … they were happy the state was spotless, and that’s why they left. They went back to the job where they were.”

Further on in the conversation, Mr Hartos says: “One was clean, they were clean.”

Transclean staff cleaning a Metro train carriage during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Transclean staff cleaning a Metro train carriage during the COVID-19 pandemic.Credit:Metro Trains

Mr Bollas: “Doesn’t matter, they have to be f—ing sprayed, you’re not listening. We’re paying you to f—ing spray them.” He added:

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Pueblo West Metro Board agrees to amend Soccer Haus land sale

The Pueblo West Metro district board on Monday agreed to amend a purchase and sale agreement with Soccer Haus Management Company to add an additional two acres of land to enable the indoor sports and recreation complex to move forward.

The board initially approved sale of a 5-acre site of district property for $87,000 in April 2019. The board added two acres to the site for a total of 7 acres to enable Colorado-Springs based Soccer Haus owners Brett and John Riding to meet the needs of additional requirements placed on them by Pueblo County.

The proposed 65,000 square foot Pueblo West Haus will be located near the corner of McCulloch Boulevard and Assembly Drive diagonal from Big R and north of Walmart. The business is expected to provide more than 35 jobs and inject an estimated $500,000 of spending in the Pueblo West community due to economic growth.

“Due

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Homes are still flying off the shelf in metro Denver and pretty much everywhere else

A year ago in September, it took 15 days on average for a home to go under contract in metro Denver, according to Zillow. Last month, homes took only six days to find a buyer.

Entry-level homes were snapped up in just four days on average, and even the most expensive homes, which can linger, took only 10 days to find a buyer.

Metro Denver’s market has run this hot before, but always in the spring and summer, not at the start of fall when the kids are already back in school.

“Normally, the housing market begins to slow down around this time of year as the weather cools and buyer activity fades, but it’s 2020, and nothing is normal this year,” said Zillow senior economist Chris Glynn in his report. “Instead of slowing down, we’re seeing the housing market continue to speed up as autumn continues.”

Nationally, homes spent

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Health care real estate firm eyeing metro Denver for corporate headquarters

A multibillion-dollar California real estate investment trust and the U.S. arm of a Japanese aerospace firm are considering locating their headquarters in metro Denver, according to incentive requests approved this week by the Colorado Economic Development Commission.

Healthpeak Properties, a real estate investment trust based in Irvine, Calif., was approved for up to $5.3 million in Job Growth Incentive Tax Credits if it brings 166 net new full-time jobs to the state. The company, which applied under the codename Project Pegasus, expects the primarily executive-level jobs will pay an average annual wage of $425,213 a year.

“It would be the highest projected average annual wage if they move forward with Colorado,” said Jill McGranahan, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade.

One question around Healthpeak’s award is whether it could actually take advantage of those state tax credits. Real  estate investment trusts must pay out

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