Post by fujihdelevator on Mar 29, 2016 8:12:04 GMT
Botelho exclaimed, “How the hell do you get hurt in Elevator?”He was advised that liability also includes damage to the building. He responded that he thought the county staff was, “thinking too much into it.”
In response, Botelho was told, “That’s our job, to let you know the risks.”Barnes chimed in, “We are professional paranoids.”“I could trip on the curb walking into the building,” Botelho tossed back.
Then Matthew Granger, county counsel, tried to mollify the conversation: “This is an unfortunate situation. It’s somewhat rare. I can’t explain Otis’s actions. Nonetheless, the repairs need to be made. The contract is not for a large amount.
I do believe that while it’s very annoying, that Otis will not stand behind its work, and it’s a serious legal issue that they won’t indemnify the county for any damages caused by their work, I do believe the county’s insurance would cover any incidents that occur there. I think it’s probably remote that something would happen.”
Granger said that if the board felt comfortable assuming the risk, it should instruct staff to move forward and sign the contract and get the repairs done.
Botelho said whatever option or combination of options were voted on he did not want to see the issue come back in a year to be debated yet again. He was told the county was ready to move forward by signing the contract, but Otis still must approve it.
Even though Chinese Elevator were still issues to be ironed out and Otis has yet to sign the contract, the board voted unanimously to have Espinosa, acting as the purchasing agent, sign the contract.