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Mount Carmel BMA approves the higher of two heat pump bids

April 26th, 2014 8:22 pm by Jeff Bobo

Mount Carmel BMA approves the higher of two heat pump bids

MOUNT CARMEL — The Mount Carmel Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted 5-1 Tuesday to accept the high bid for a heat pump, despite the fact that the low bidder was offering the same unit and an identical warranty.

The difference between the two bids was $654.

The low bidder was also offering a two-day completion after contract approval date; while the high bidder offered completion within 30 days of the contract being awarded.

The BMA voted to award the contract to Chad Salyer of Church Hill who offered a bid of $5,550 for a Coleman 3-ton, 14.5 SEER, 3-phase R-410 split system heat pump that will be installed at City Hall.

Salyer's bid also provided a five-year warranty on parts, five years on the compressor, one-year warranty on labor, and the 30-day job completion.

Low bidder Mike Summey of Kingsport offered the exact same unit and warranty, and a two-day completion time for $4,896.

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