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Scott's Electric pulled from Black Hawk County project


A financially troubled Waterloo businessman and County Supervisor is facing a new controversy. The Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors has pulled Scott's Electric from a county project.

Scott's Electric is owned by Scott Jordan, who recently filed for bankruptcy in Federal Bankruptcy Court.

Tuesday morning, the Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors voted to call upon a performance bond to correct, and finish, work at Country View. It's a move that's rarely needed, even more rare -- the fact that one of the supervisors is the owner of the business failing to meet its contract.

"The equipment that was supplied, it violated some codes," said Jordan, "It's a catch where, you know, he said she said. So why fight it. The bottom line is we have to take care of our county, our customers, and so that's what we're doing."

Jordan said it's taken two years to complete the project, and now the equipment needed to run the generator -- including the transformer and switchboard -- no longer meet state code.

According to County Maintenance Superintendent Rory Geving, the equipment is a small part of the problem.

"I had requested Scott's Electric to initiate a final inspection on the project. A few weeks go by, and that didn't take place," said Geving.

In August, Geving asked the City of Waterloo to inspect the work. The inspector found "serious National Electric Code violations."

"A few of the code issues are general code NEC electrical code requirements that anybody in the electrical field should be accustomed to doing" Geving said.

Geving presented the issues to Scott's Electric. The company responded it needed to talk with its insurance company, but Geving did not hear from it after that.

"In fact, over a month had gone by without any action taking place. And so that's what prompted my seeking the performance bond," said Geving.

Besides the code violations, Geving says there are also issues with the materials used by Scott's Electric. The company asked for an increase in its bid amount to install copper wiring. But the engineering firm found Scott's Electric had used less expensive aluminum wiring. That alone will cost an estimated $35,000 to replace.

If you ask Jordan, his work is not the problem.

"The equipment that was supplied just wasn't up to code. And we have to be, and that's what the state is requiring."

We asked Jordan "just want to clarify -- the work you did was good work, it was just, you were working with faulty equipment?"

"Well, it wasn't faulty, as much as it was the wrong equipment," Jordan responded.

Jordan claims, it was his decision to turn to the bond company in order to deal with the generator manufacturer Altorfer.

"I called the bond company in to take over for the county, for myself, for everybody included," said Jordan.

Either way, the county now needs to seek out a new contractor to complete the work. Jordan said, he's game for the opportunity.

"It'd be entirely up to them, but we'd be more than happy to work with anybody," he noted.

Geving says -- not likely.

"I probably would not look at seeking a bid from Scott's Electric," Geving added.

The Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of replacement equipment from Altorfer. Jordan abstained from all of Tuesday's voting, but did comment that the company was part of the problem and objected to using it again.

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