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1/21/2013 6:01:00 AM
Kingman library bid award puts Orr in the water damage
Library flood repairs will cost $95,000; Feb. 19 is target date to reopen
SUZANNE ADAMS-OCKRASSA/Miner
Sprinkler system pipes at the Mohave County Library froze and burst, sending water streaming down the wall and across the floor.
SUZANNE ADAMS-OCKRASSA/Miner
Sprinkler system pipes at the Mohave County Library froze and burst, sending water streaming down the wall and across the floor.

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter


Work on repairing the Mohave County Library's Kingman Branch has begun. The county awarded a $94,800 contract to T. R. Orr of Kingman, which was selected Wednesday though the county's emergency bid process.

The library flooded Tuesday afternoon after the recent freezing weather and subsequent thaw caused a sprinkler main to break. The leak brought down ceiling tiles and damaged two walls, some library materials and some seat cushions. Carpet was soaked nearly to the front doors.

Acting County Manager Mike Hendrix was out sick Friday and unavailable for comment. As a matter of formal procedure, the Board will approve the contract for the library at its next meeting.

State law requires that all bids over $10,000 go through a competitive bid process and then be approved by the Board of Supervisors before construction. However, in emergency cases where public health or safety may be endangered, the county procurement code allows the county procurement officer to take and award bids without the immediate approval of the Board. The contracts must be limited to only what work is necessary to fix the emergency and a written explanation of the emergency and why the director chose that contract must be added to the file.

T. R. Orr will have 30 days to repair the damage. The county anticipates reopening the building around Feb. 19.

The Wi-Fi Internet access at the branch has been restored and residents can access it from the library parking lot.

All items that are currently checked out from the Kingman branch will not be due until the branch is reopened to the public. No late fines will be assessed. Items can be returned to any of the other Mohave County Library Branches in the county or at the County Annex at 2153 E. Gordon Drive.

All materials currently on hold for library patrons, as well as all new DVD releases and video games, will be moved to the annex. The annex also has books and other materials that residents can check out from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

All county offices, including the annex, will be closed today due to the Martin Luther King holiday.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: Let There Be A Chill Upon Thee

Contractors just love to jump in and clean up after Acts of God -- sorta like manna from heaven. Oh, the undiscovered damage just waiting for a bid-kicker-upper that must lurk in those walls and floors.

Government buildings seem to be notorious for grade-school level engineering. But, what the heck . . . at $100K a pop let's hire a half-a-dozen or so just to make sure we get the pipe-wrap done properly -- Right ? ? ?


Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: Watch the Budget County

$90K???? WTFrig? Thanks county for OVERSPENDING the people's money! Why can't YOU budget wisely? Oh, that's right, the county isn't paying for it so you don't care!

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: Frederick Williams

Wanna bet this will wind up more than an "Emergency fix" and will probably run in to over costs

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Honestly, is there nothing the usual suspects won’t whine about?

I have a thought – shut down the library, sell all of the books and implode the building. There no more problems.


Posted: Monday, January 21, 2013
Article comment by: H J

@ jist me a drivin
The taxpayer's have every right to know how there
Taxes are being used and for what! Our elected officals
Are accountable to us the voters not there buddies who
Line there pockets!


Posted: Monday, January 21, 2013
Article comment by: Are you Kidding Me???

To David Gaither:
I don’t know how long you have lived in this county, but they NEVER decide to do ANYTHING having to do with common sense or accountability for the long term. Take care of business for the long term? NO. They do not. They will spend the least amount of money on any endeavor from the get go, then spend an enormous amount of money from county coffers to fix it over and over again, ‘because it is an emergency’. After all, it’s an ‘emergency’, and they can do whatever they wish! No rules NOW!
The City pretty much did the same thing with the water, sewer ‘emergency fix’. This method works fairly well here! We WILL pay for their lack of planning. They have told us so!
My homes pipes also did not freeze in this last cold snap. I guess our builder didn’t skimp on the essentials. The county and the city do, over and over again! Then it is MY job to PAY for it! Over and over again! But, at least…their brother, sister, cousin, uncle, father, or SOMEONE benefits from it! In the ‘repairs’, over and over again, don’t ya know!!!!
$90 something THOUSAND to repair a ceiling and carpet for the library??? REALLY??? REALLY???? If anyone offered to RE-PLUMB the whole the whole building AND put some drywall in, AND put some new carpet in, how the HECK could it come to almost a $100 thousand dollars???? HOW???
Wow! That is SOME expensive pipe, drywall or carpeting!!!!! AND they can take up to a month to get the jobs done! Hmmm, what an ‘emergency’!!!


Posted: Monday, January 21, 2013
Article comment by: David Gaither

@ jist me a drivin

So, just what are we supposed to say....well done county people, it's just the taxpayers money...no big thing!?


Posted: Monday, January 21, 2013
Article comment by: jist me a drivin

here come all the conflict of interest posts

here come all the lets hang em all posts

here come all the conspiracy theory posts


Posted: Monday, January 21, 2013
Article comment by: Please Answer All Questions

Who built the original building? Was the sprinklers installed at that time and were they insulated? Why do so many of the articles lack the answers that seem to be important?

Posted: Monday, January 21, 2013
Article comment by: David Gaither

Now this issue is really confusing! My "outside" water pipes survived the recent hard freeze. Why is it that a pipe "inside" a building would freeze? If the heat was turned off completely when the building was not in use, to save money....how did that work out for us taxpayers??

Uhmmm, can we use some common sense in our county buildings?




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