Because of an electric short in the elementary school building’s service line on Oct. 27, Trigg County schools closed for the following Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. In his report to the board, McGinnis said that Jescoe Electric of Hopkinsville had installed a temporary aboveground service pole until the underground system could be permanently repaired. He said he was pleased that the initial cost of the temporary line had only been $3,800 because had expected it to be closer to $6,000. He said that at the current time, the building did not have full electrical capacity.
McGinnis said that while talking to Trigg County Insurance agent Clayton Woodall on Oct. 27, he was told on behalf of Indiana Insurance to make the necessary repairs as soon as possible. He said that he had exercised the emergency clause in the board’s procurement procedure clause to avoid the usual practice of obtaining competitive sealed bids so the damage could be repaired quickly. He said he had asked the schools’ engineer if he thought he needed to make the permanent repairs as quickly as possible. He said the engineer advised him that he should, especially since the weather is quickly becoming colder and could cause extra energy demands. He said that Indiana Insurance had authorized him to use Jescoe to repair the underground line.
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