Impact of Tariffs to Delay Marion County Courthouse Air Conditioner Replacement
The Marion County Board has been told tariffs placed on imported steel products is behind a delay in the county getting delivery of a new air conditioning system.
Building Committee Chair Dr. Creighton Engle told the board Tuesday night a large number of air conditioners are being ordered to try and beat the price increases from higher material costs. As a result, the anticipated delivery date has been pushed back from eight to 16 weeks.
Engle says they are now looking at options to try and air condition the entire courthouse since the one remaining old unit is not giving full coverage.
“The rooftop unit that we are going to rent as a temporary facility the engineer was looking into that being too heavy for the existing roof. So we are looking at either single units to go in separate offices as they work or possibly locating another coil that we could install on a temporary basis up there as well. Which would augment the additional AC. We aren’t going to go with nothing but they are trying to look at the least costly way for the county.”
Engle says the new boiler is ready to install and that work is being moved up and is anticipated to start in two to three weeks. He reports the unit and associated ventilator boxes will be ready for the heating season.
On another building issue, Engle says they have not been able to find a contractor who will reasonably put back together a rolling file system that will house some of the State’s Attorney office records at the new annex building. He reports the rest of the move of records to the former Moose Building has now been completed.
In other action, the board named Betty Riley to replace Anthony Lankfort on the Kell Fire Protection District Board. Richard ‘Dick’ Petrea was reappointed to the Iuka Fire District Board.