The court is making preparations to get a new heating and cooling system

MADISON – More details are being discussed for the replacement of the aging HVAC system that was installed when the Madison County Courthouse was built in 1978 on Tuesday.

The Madison County Board of Commissioners received an offer for the project. The county council is expected to approve the contract with Trane US Inc. at its next meeting.

The contract will be for $1,326,250 with the county using the next two weeks to determine how to pay it in full.

Some of the options include financing with Trane, using county funding, paying with a combination of ARPA funds and reserves, or using estate funds to absorb some of the cost.

All or a significant portion of the payment is expected to be paid in the next tax year, which begins July 1.

The project has been discussed for years. The contract calls for it to be terminated by July 2024, but it won’t necessarily take that long.

“This ended up being kind of a pretty big project,” said Troy Uhlir, county council president. “Our controllers are killed. I think that’s what brought us to this, we couldn’t find parts.

“The controllers and valves have basically not performed as well as they should have for the last year and a half to two years,” Uhlir said.

Matt Benes, Trane project developer, said that the fresh air cooler that sits outside, including the boiler, will be installed on the roof.

Some of the components along the way will be able to be reused, Benes said.

Commissioner Ron Schmidt asked how much the new cooler will weigh and how the weight will affect the roof, along with their efficiency.

Benes said Trane typically tries to keep the weight roughly the same as that of the system it’s replacing, so it doesn’t affect the building structure.

Matt Foertsch, general manager of Trane, said that both the dimensions and the weight are about the same as the old one.

Foertsch said the efficiencies of the new HVAC systems Trane offers vary, but even the least efficient ones are more efficient than what the county now has.

“I’m not going to say it’s top-of-the-line efficient, but it’s a lot more efficient than you have for all three big pieces of equipment: the cooler, the boiler and the roof,” Foertsch said.

Cost, lead time, and what makes the most sense to the customer all impact how efficiencies you achieve, Foertsch said.

Benes said Trane also aligned with the bid documents that were prepared, including efficiency.

The actual work won’t begin until all three major pieces of equipment have arrived. Until then, the company will be able to do some preparation work, Foertsch said.

“There’s a great partnership with you guys,” he said.

This includes completing work during normal business hours, but should not impact employee comfort with heating or cooling.

“You see us here, but it doesn’t affect your day-to-day operations,” Benes said.

The Madison County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday.

Members present: President Troy Uhlir, Ron Schmidt and Eric Stinson.

Others present: Anne Pruss, county secretary; Richard Johnson, county highway superintendent; Todd Volk, sheriff; three road district foremen; eight citizens; three media representatives.

Duration of the meeting: two hours.

He recited his oath of allegiance and had a moment of silence. Noted that the law on open meetings is published and followed.

— Approved a settlement with the Madison County Historical Society for the 2023-24 fiscal year.

— Approved an agreement with Mainelli Wagner & Associates Inc. for routine inspection of Bridge 185 and three structures due to undergo special inspection in 2023 at an estimated cost of $145 per structure.

— Approved appointments of the following extension board members for 2023: Kevin Kowalski, Amanda Hafer, Juan Sandoval, Deb Lyon, Leonor Fuhrer, Esmeralda Martinez, and Lori Pfeifer.

— Authorized the county attorney to pursue recovery of funds for an accident involving a 2005 Ford F-150.

— Advertising authorized for tenders for a Victory Road project.

— Authorized to void a check made out to Midtown Health Center.

— Conducted a public hearing and approved the application by Wolken 7 Family Holdings, trading as Poppy’s Pumpkin Patch, to issue a Class I, beer, wine, spirits, for sale only license for premises located at 55275 837th Road, South Norfolk.

— Conducted a public hearing and approved the one-year and six-year road plan. Two people from the audience spoke.

— Options approved by nationally deferred compensation to update investment options for participants.

— Written reviews reviewed and complaints reviewed and processed.

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