Hawkeye Community College board rejects sign bids over concerns with favoritism
|By Andrew Wind, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Iowa|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The board of trustees last week was set to award the contract to the lowest of five bidders, ASI Signs of
However, Hawkeye President
Allen told trustees "it became clear" that ASI did have an advantage in the process as the college consulted its attorney. "The attorney recommended that we reject all bids and that we resubmit the project," she said. The board agreed with that recommendation and unanimously rejected the bids.
The signs will be redesigned by
In at least one case, though, the ASI logo remained on designs seen by those bidding on the project, leading to the competitor's concerns.
Rejecting the bids was the right thing to do, said Allen. "We want everything we do to be above reproach."
In other business, the board approved:
--Seeking bids for an eight-booth welding lab at
"Welding is a high-growth, high-demand area that we are really focusing on," said
Welding labs on the main campus are already crowded with day and night classes. The Independence Center has a welding lab, but is too far away for
--Establishing a self-insurance program for operating equipment protection and a resolution restricting the use of its funds.
Currently, money for those costs comes from the facilities maintenance levy or the college's general fund.
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