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Repeating what Barry’s letter stated:
Barry reported that I had said to him in a very loud irate voice: “You are no chief engineer and I do not respect you or your opinion.”
Below is a partial transcript of the actual conversation above:
JB: That’s your view of what is best
BD: Absolutely, as your Chief Engineer.
JB: Well, I don’t know about Chief Engineer, umm – but, I do know about, I do know about equipment. Umm and I do know about bidding
Background of conversation (regarding elevator improvement project):
Bagby was initially the only proposal Barry bought to the Board with a bid of $243,396. The Board then requested additional bids. Only after they learned there was competition did Bagby change the bid to $190,956 a reduction of $52,440. That was the only change on the document, everything else was the same, even the date. At that point I became a little distrustful of Bagby, because it looked to me as if they thought they had the Breakers’ number.
On July 17th we had a meeting to review the three bids for our elevator upgrade comparison. At this point the highest bidder was Bagby at $190,956 and the lowest bid was Affinity at $145,600.
Both are proposing the exact same parts and work to the nut and bolt. The third company, Mowrey submitted a bid of $159,000, $13,400 higher than Affinity. We had a quality check of Affinity, the $45,356 savings seemed to me the obvious choice. If not Affinity why not Mowrey? But Barry would only pitch Bagby, and that is when the conversation recorded above occurred.
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