HVAC system, old prison items of interest to Wexford Board | news

CADILLAC – A heating, ventilation and air conditioning project at the Wexford County Civic Arena, as well as a discussion of the future uses of the old Wexford County Jail, are just two of the items the Wexford County Board of Commissioners are due to consider Wednesday.

On February 24th, three capital upgrade offers for the HVAC system at the Wex opened. The bids submitted included a basic bid, alternative one and alternative two. The three companies that submitted a bid included D and W Mechanical in Traverse City, Temperature Control, Inc. in Traverse City, and 1st Choice Heating and Cooling, Inc. in Newaygo. The Newaygo business’s lowest base bid of $ 165,336.35 was more than $ 140,000 lower than D and W Mechanical’s second lowest bid ($ 307,650). Temperature Control, Inc.’s highest base bid was $ 443,000.

According to the agenda package for Wednesday’s meeting, 1st Choice Heating and Cooling, Inc. also had the lowest bids for the other two alternative bids: $ 164,136.35 and $ 130,506.

Although the finance committee reviewed the bids, Wexford County’s Board of Commissioners Chairman Gary Taylor said Administrator Janet Koch wanted the county engineer to review the lowest bid to ensure that all specifications were met. Taylor also said the county wanted to reach out to Boon Sports Management to get their feel for things.

As a result, Taylor said the finance committee had not made a recommendation as to which offer the full board should accept.

In December 2019, Michigan DNR director Dan Eichinger sent correspondence to Wexford County, Networks Northwest, and the Alliance for Economic Success. Your application for a local leisure pass development grant has been approved.

The grant application was made to fund the replacement of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning in the Wex auditorium. The HVAC system, which dates back to the 1970s in the auditorium, is one of the most important requirements in the facility. A local match was also needed, generated through multiple donations.

Also during Wednesday’s meeting, commissioners are due to speak about the now vacant old prison in Wexford County.

The property has been put up for sale, but an interested party has asked the agents to take it off the market for the next 10 months while they process the potential purchase and development of the property. If things work out, the prospect will buy the property for $ 275,000.

If the agents choose to move further, the prospective buyer, US Federal Properties Co., LLC, will make a serious cash deposit of $ 10,000 held by First American Title as escrow in an interest escrow account on behalf of the buyer . If the Proposed Transaction does not close on or before December 31, 2021, the county will withhold the $ 10,000 and neither party has any further obligation to the other.

Taylor said no other interested buyers are currently viewing the property and only Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital has previously shown interest. As no other potential buyers are currently interested in buying the old prison, the board will now process the request.

There are three ways for the public to attend the Wednesday meeting: by computer, smartphone, or phone.

To join the computer, go to zoom.us and click “Join” in the upper right corner. Use the meeting ID 749 610 4141. If you are using a smartphone, install the Zoom application before calling, launch the Zoom app, and join using the meeting ID 749 610 4141.

If someone joins the meeting by phone, they should dial the toll-free number 646-876-9923 and enter the meeting ID 749 610 4141 #.

The commissioners are due to meet on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Some or all of the commissioners could meet in the commissioners’ room while others could connect remotely via Zoom.

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