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Warren receives $97,249 energy-saving rebate check

January 15, 2013

A $325,000 project to install more energy-efficient lighting has already earned the Warren Local school district nearly $100,000....

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Jan-15-13 2:34 PM

There was more energy efficient light fixtures available for the same cost. No research or engineering advise was done by the BOE before the job was started. Didn’t want to hear what Chevron had to say or any other company. Just picked the local union shop and went with it. Follow the timeline and it shows there was time for plans and bids.

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Jan-15-13 2:00 PM

johnson - what do you mean by "outdated"?

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Jan-15-13 12:20 PM

They need to spend that 97k on "non union" building repairs and quit whining about needing new buildings.

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Jan-15-13 10:51 AM

The project was never put out for bid. The $400,000 was a rough estimate from the Chevron Corporation and was never given the chance to do a accurate one. Davis, Pickering and Co. first told the BOE they could do it for $385,000 and was given the go ahead. Finale cost came in lower at $325,000 making it look like it was a good deal. The BOE deemed it a emergency and bypassed the bidding process. If it would have been out for competitive bidding, you would have seen the price down around the $250,000 range. As a end result the school system ended paying a higher price for the job and a lighting system that outdated when installed. Bigger savings would have come if it would have been handled in a responsible way.

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Jan-15-13 10:18 AM

johnson73 - according to the ORC, one company giving an estimate of $400,000 and then getting a estimate from Davis Pickering of $325,000 does satisfy the bidding process.

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Jan-15-13 9:41 AM

What they aren’t telling you is the new lighting system was outdated before it was even installed. The BOE didn’t see the need to take bids on a $400,000 job but are taking them on a $60,000 one. Just one union keeping another one in a job. Think how much more they would have saved taking bids on the lighting system. This BOE is really out of touch with the modern world.

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