Legislators award HVAC maintenance contract

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature’s Infrastructure, Facilities and Technology Committee awarded a bid for HVAC Services when legislators met Tuesday.

The committee voted to award the contract to Postle and Jaeckle, with only one legislator voting against the company.

As first reported in the May 25 issue of The Valley News, Postle and Jaeckle service manager Peter Ciciarelli stated that the company does business with Legislator John Martino, who works in automotive glass replacement.

Despite questions of a potential conflict-of-interest, Martino voted in favor of Postle and Jaeckle.

Ciciarelli, according to county records, communicates with Building and Grounds Director William Malone in regard to work to be done at county facilities.

The committee had been attempting to award the bid since late last year.

During a Nov. 27 meeting, a bid award was made to Postler and Jaeckle, the third lowest bidder.

EMCOR submitted a bid in the amount of $78,887, making the company the lowest bidder. Van Hook Services came in as the second lowest with a bid of $79,423. Postler and Jaeckle submitted a proposal for $82,980.

Although EMCOR and Van Hook were the lowest bidders, the committee rejected the bids claiming the companies both were given poor recommendations.

EMCOR protested the bid award to Postler and Jaeckle and at the Jan. 29 committee meeting, it was recommended to rescind the contract award to Postler and Jaeckle and award to Van Hook Services.

That prompted an executive session and the committee voted to table the matter. At the Feb. 26 meeting, the committee  decided to go back out to bid and the new proposals were opened May 14.

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