McMinnville City Hall and its Vehicle Maintenance Department will be cooler in the summer. Officials voted to replace a unit in the first, and install a unit in the second.
City hall is cooled with a chilled water cooling system that’s 42 years old. Occasionally, the system stops working and leaves most of the building without air conditioning, including Regions Bank that has a lease on the first floor.
After going out for bids to remove the old unit and install a new chilled water cooling system, the project was awarded to Bob’s Central Air Conditioning in the amount of $61,560.
The city’s Vehicle Maintenance Department is located behind McMinnville Fire Department on Main Street. It has ventilation, but no working cooling system.
“I want to say thank you to everyone who votes yes on this,” said Alderman Billy Wood about the installation of an air conditioning unit in Vehicle Maintenance. “It’s like an oven down there in the summer months.”
After taking bids to install a Carrier 10-ton split cooling system, the job was also awarded to Bob’s Central Air Conditioning with a bid of $11,000. A warranty for one-year labor and parts, as well as a five-year warranty on the compressor, is included in the contract.
Both projects were included in the 2010-11 fiscal year budget.