Q: What's going on at city hall in council chambers? How much is it costing and is it a necessary expense?
A: We asked Don Sopak, the city’s public works director, to explain this. He told us that the HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system, installed in the new building in 1994, isn’t working properly.
The computer that regulates the temperature and air flow in city hall is broken, Sopak says. “It’s outdated and cannot be repaired. The city is replacing it with a more modern system that functions more efficiently, needs less maintenance and uses less energy.
The project also includes other repairs, such as replacing aging fiberglass ducts with insulated metal ducts, replacing ceiling grid and tiles, installing additional fire sprinklers and installing new thermostats.
The cost of the project – just under $165,000 – is included in the city’s annual budget. The project should be completed by the end of April.