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Ben Logan to rebid AC work

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A House Bill 264 project to install air conditioning in Benjamin Logan Schools was put on hold at Monday’s board meeting, despite an 11th-hour plea from a Johnson Controls engineer.

School officials were set to approve a contact with the bid-winning company until a “contentious” building and grounds committee meeting Thursday raised serious concerns regarding the use of screw versus scroll compressors in the air conditioning project.

At least one third party came forward to challenge the decision to use one over the other and the potential fallout down the road if the wrong choice is made.

Johnson Controls engineer Brett Coffey, the writer of the company’s original proposal, took the heat for shortcomings in the first version and offered a new one prior to the board’s vote to reject all bids and seek new bids.

Building and Grounds committee member John Stanford said it was the advice of legal counsel to start the bid process over with new specifications and have them reviewed by an independent third-party engineer. The board agreed.

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