The Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board last night approved an emergency plumbing repair bill at Dawes School for $74,243.45 by a 7-0 vote with no discussion.
Originally the issue was included in the "consent agenda" of items that are of a routine, non-controversial nature for which discussion is considered unnecessary. But when the board convened its public meeting at 7 p.m., the item had been removed from the consent agenda and was slated for separate consideration,
Nevertheless, the invoice was approved on a role-call vote without discussion.
In an accompanying memo from the district's interim superintendent and chief financial officer, Mary Brown, it was noted that the repair was considered an emergency one that was regarded as an exception to the requirement that purchases in excess of $50,000 be put out for public bid,
On Dec. 26, during the winter break, the school's maintenance staff discovered a broken main plumbing line going to the school's annex that required immediate attention to prevent flooding to the building and worsening damage to the main plumbing line, according to the memo.
"The district called Terry Garrity Plumbing, a local and qualified Evanston contractor who has done work in the district for many years, to respond to this situation," Brown's memo said.
The work began on Dec. 26 and was completed on Jan. 7, during adverse winter weather conditions, and was ready when school resumed after the prolonged winter break.