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November 27, 2014

President: COM should keep support services in-house

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Posted: Saturday, April 26, 2014 12:30 am

TEXAS CITY — After reviewing bids to outsource College of the Mainland’s facility, grounds and maintenance services operations, the college president will recommend keeping the work in house. 

The college’s board of trustees will consider President Beth Lewis’ recommendation at a meeting Monday. 

The college began looking into the possibility of outsourcing the maintenance work last year. The cost of covering health insurance and retirement benefits, which the college picked up after the state stopped paying for the benefits, partly drove the decision to look into outsourcing. 

Three companies submitted proposals: SCC, Federal Building Services Inc. and Comfort Systems. Houston-based SCC’s bid was deemed the best, Lewis said. 

The company offered to do the work for about $2.8 million annually, according to the college. 

But even though a change would lead to a potential savings of about $128,154, the college would be better served by keeping the work in house, Lewis said. 

“While it is a little bit more expensive to keep it in house, we feel that it’s better all the way around,” Lewis said. 

“It’s better for our employees. It’s better for the community.”

 The college would get higher quality service by keeping the maintenance crew employed by the college, Lewis said in a memorandum to trustees. And the potential savings could easily be negated by extra costs the college could incur in a contract with an outside company, she said. 

The college employees about nine people in its maintenance staff and has a new director, Charlie King, who helped review the proposals, Lewis said. 

If trustees approve Lewis’ recommendation, the college would likely need to hire about 25 new people to the department during the next three years. 

Contact reporter Christopher Smith Gonzalez at 409-683-5314 or chris.gonzalez@galvnews.com


At a Glance 

WHAT: College of the Mainland Board of Trustee’s meeting

WHEN: 12:30 p.m. Monday

WHERE: Appomattox Meeting Room, 1501 N. Amburn Road, Suite 4 in Texas City.