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Council member Sue Murtha, at a recent council meeting, questioned the awarding of an emergency contract for a new heater at the library because the contract was awarded to a relative of a council member. The story is filed by Barbara Ormsby for the DelCoTimes.
Councilman Jim Glenn said a relative of his does own the company but he has no nothing to do with the business and H&H Heating was the lowest responsible bidder for the job at $8,000 and received the contract.
Murtha contended that when she started on council in 2010, Oliver Heating Co. was doing all the borough heating work. Councilman Jared Brennan said awarding the contract to H&H Heating was a conflict of interest.
Solicitor Ernie Angelos told Glenn to recuse himself from voting on the contract and when the vote was taken it passed by three to two, with Glenn abstaining. However, there was some confusion about whether it was a tie vote so Mayor Hank Eberle voted in favor of awarding the contract even though the vote was three two in favor of H&H.