ConVal settles lawsuit with tent company

  • A ConVal School District bus. (Benji Rosen/ Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Benji Rosen

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 5/26/2021 5:00:19 PM

ConVal recently reached a settlement in a lawsuit with local company Monadnock Tent & Event, and announced its terms in a press release on Tuesday.

ConVal sued Monadnock Tent and Event in early October 2020 to recoup financial losses after some of the tents the company was contracted to set up couldn’t meet state safety standards. ConVal initially sued the tent company for $220,236.99 in total damages, to cover money spent on unpermitted tents, labor costs, engineering costs and electrical work.

Under the settlement terms, Monadnock Tent & Event agreed to pay the district $75,000, the district agreed to release all of the tent company’s property, and both parties will drop their suit and countersuit against one another.

Monadnock Tent & Event owner John Hopkins released the following statement as part of the settlement, according to ConVal’s Tuesday press release:

“Last summer, when I took a contract to lease event tents to the Contoocook Valley Regional School District, I was grateful for the opportunity to provide assistance to my community during these trying times. I am truly and sincerely sorry for the unfortunate events that led to the district not being able to use the tents rented and the loss that the district has sustained. I have been in the tent rental business for 23 years. I never expected that my tents would be denied building permits for use by the district. While this was the first time any of my tents have not received permitted approval, that does not undo the harm done to the district. I regret the harm that this situation has caused the district and the other members of my community. I am working with the district to make amends as best I am able and look forward to working with the district again in the future.”

Late last summer, Monadnock Tent and Event set up about 80 tents throughout the district under a $480,000 contract to provide spaces for outdoor learning. Trouble arose in September after the tents were set up, when nobody was able to track down the engineering documentation required by the state for any tent larger than 400 square feet set up in a public or commercial space, as previously reported. Some of those larger tents were already wired for internet and electricity, but the ones that ultimately couldn’t be certified were removed and replaced with smaller tents the school district bought, according to a September communication to families from the district.

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