Magistrate Jo Orange voted no on a motion made Tuesday to allow Logan County Jailer Jim Ray to purchase a new HVAC unit for the detention center. Ray reported one of the units was 12 years old and failing. A price was not released as the fiscal court wants Ray to get at least one more quote before he buys. Ray received a quote from PSK, however, his attempts to get in touch with two other local businesses failed as calls were not returned.
Magistrate Russell Poore asked his fellow magistrates if they were going to accept just one bid. Poore holds firm the court should follow one set of rules regarding the acceptance of bids. He feels some on the court have been vague in the past, voting on only one bid submitted, while requiring other services that receive one bid to be advertised again.
Orange asked Ray why the unit could not be looked at for repair first instead of replacement right away. Ray answered he was told by former jailer Bill Jenkins the unit would need to be replaced soon and it was indeed failing.
Five of the magistrates, along with the judge executive voted to allow Ray to spend no more than the price given by PSK, but to get at least one more quote even if it was out of town.