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Appropriation given to purchase glycol feeder

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Spending a little now may help save the county money later.

The Clay County Council approved an additional appropriation of $14,900 for the purchase of a glycol feeder, which will be installed at the Clay County Justice Center, during Monday night's meeting.

In a joint work session with the Clay County Commissioners, members of the council were informed by Jeff Chamberlain, Maintenance Sales Account Representative for Havel, Indianapolis, the piping system at the Clay County Justice Center is beginning to rust.

"Basically, the rust and other gunk is clogging up the pipes, causing the compressor to work harder," Commissioner Paul Sinders said during Monday's meeting. "If the compressor were to go out, it would cost at least $30,000-$50,000 to replace."

The glycol feeder would not only help clean out the pipes, but hopefully make both the heating and cooling systems at the Justice Center run more efficiently.

"I hate to say this but spending this money now may save us in the long run," Sinders said.

Because the heating system would have to be shut down for about a week to do the work on the system, the feeder will be most likely installed in the spring.

In other business during Monday's meeting, the council:

* Approved a separate additional appropriation of $1,000 for comp time. The county recently had an employee take another position, and by state law, the individual must be paid for comp time that was not used before the change, and

* Approved a resolution allowing the Clay County Commissioners to spend money from the County Improvement Fund. The fund was initially set up in June 2008 for the fees and fines collected from derelict property ordinance violations. The commissioners have the ability to spend the funds without prior approval from the council.

After all agenda items were completed, Clay County Commissioner Jack Withers addressed the council about the county parks.

Withers said all but one of the County Parks Board members had resigned and inquired about the possibility of transferring ownership of the parks to the respective areas they are located.

Council President Mike McCullough said that option has been considered many times, but nothing has come of it. He added it may be difficult to do so as some of the parks do not have a specified town to which they could be transferred to.

To look into the matter more in depth, Commissioner Withers and Council Member Steve Withers will work together to discover who, if anyone, the parks could be transferred to, as well as other matters pertaining to the parks.

The next meeting of the Clay County Council will be Monday, March 2, at 6 p.m., in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.

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Here is a perfect example of why taking the lowest bid is never the best option. People making decisions on spending money the first time need a better understanding of what they are really getting. Because there was no money saved to begin with after you add up all the non-warranty service related problems before a solution to the problem is determined, what 6 years later. 15000? any other bids less or more in price? If it is bad enough Clay County will probably spend the 30 to 50K anyhow in less than 10 years. Lets see air+water+iron=rust with no inhibitied glycol. Basic fundamentals. Must be a chiller system. The heating system is probably a closed loop system enless the chiller is reverse cycle also. The glycol feeder was probably value engineered out of the project, no one bidding or appoving was smart enough to think about including in the first place, or more often than not the mechanical engineer or architect did not spec. it out, and of course no one bidding wants to lose the job because they added an extra that is a must to begin with. No excuse, in my opinion. Who done the job to begin with? What is there explaination? How many times has there been someone out there to clean out the debris and oxide in the pipes? THANKS FOR KEEPING OUR TAX DOLLARS LOCAL! Can't wait to see how all the school improvments work out, and then how long it takes before we have to modify and improve the improvments on all those buildings.

-- Posted by BTU on Thu, Feb 5, 2009, at 12:36 AM

Forgot, there must be alot of leaks in the system.

-- Posted by BTU on Thu, Feb 5, 2009, at 1:05 AM

Sure seems like they have had to have a lot of improvements or fixes for shotty work done on the jail.

-- Posted by kd323 on Thu, Feb 5, 2009, at 7:23 AM

BTU, I have to agree with you........having worked with a lot of items built by the lowest bidder.....from inkpens to combat tanks and up in cost, the problem isn't with who builds on the low bid but with a lack of specifications on what is built by people who know what they are doing. It is one thing for someone to say "we need a new building" and quite another to write the specs for that building.

An example of what it takes is that the Military Specifications (MilSpecs) for the common round wooden toothpick is 22 pages long. The MilSpecs for a combat tank, including all of the specs for every part thereof, is a pile of paper larger than a tank. The bottom line is that if you don't specify correctly, you end up paying less in the beginning and more later to correct what you didn't specify in your orginal plan.

-- Posted by FlyinLion on Thu, Feb 5, 2009, at 1:05 PM

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