Council approves cooling
Instead of spending $12,000 to repair the air-conditioning system in the former Washington Public Library, the Washington City Council voted Tuesday to install window-mounted air-conditioning units.
During the regular meeting, city administrator Brent Hinson said that an air-handling unit at the former library had failed. The unit serves the area that Washington County Public Health’s Women Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program uses in the building. He said the unit is from the 1960s and the coil was leaking Freon.
“What we have come up with as a cost-effective option, given the current situation and the flux that building is in, is getting a couple of window air conditioners,” Hinson said.
The cost of the window units and a circulation system is about $4,000, he said.
Hinson said that because of the age, a custom coil would have to be manufactured for the unit. He said that even if the coil were replaced, the rest of the system would still be 50 years old. The cost would be about $12,000.
During a meeting last month, the council had approved renovating the building to serve as the new city hall. At a later meeting, after taking a tour of the building, the council voted to reconsider and asked Hinson to get figures on how much the building could be sold for.
In other business, the council:
• approved a request for a street closure at Hamakua Place on June 22;
• approved the East Madison Street sidewalk ramp project;
• approved a farm ground lease with the Duane Redlinger estate and Mary Joan Redlinger;
• approved the third reading of amendments to the code dealing with temporary encroachments on a right of way;
• tabled discussion in sidewalk café regulations; and
• approved the second reading of an ordinance setting utility rates.