County Commissioners anticipate receiving funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to upgrade heating and air conditioning systems in the county annex and health department headquarters, both located on Mulberry Heights.
Commissioners have been plagued with heating and air conditioning repair issues this summer, and had hoped the funds through the grant award would be available before now. But due to an administrative error, the funds have been delayed. Tom Anderson, president of the board of commissioners, said Wednesday the funds have been pledged, and commissioners received permission to go ahead with the design work in order to keep the project on track.
Panich and Noel and RVC Architects, both of Athens, will meet with commissioners to begin the planning work.
The upgrades are expected to save the commissioners as much as $14,000 per year once they are completed. Plans for the grant funds include a new boiler and other heating upgrades, and a new rooftop air conditioning chiller for the multipurpose building.
At the annex, the former county home, commissioners will replace the heating system boiler with a 95-percent efficient model, clean duct work and other equipment and add insulation. Window air conditioners will be replaced.
Commissioners have spent over $20,000 this summer to replace the air conditioners in the Medical Arts building, which houses the O’Bleness Meigs Medical Center, and the former Rio Grande Meigs Center building on Mill Street, owned by the Meigs County Department of Job and Family Services.
It could be the end of the summer before the major work to be financed through the stimulus program is completed, according to Tom Anderson, president of the Board of County Commissioners.