MILLERSBURG -- The ongoing effort to fully upgrade the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at the Holmes County Sheriff's Office will next address air handlers over the kitchen and the cell blocks.
Briefing the Holmes County commissioners on progress to date and work yet to be done were Kidron Electric's Art Neuenschwander, along with Holmes County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Richard Haun and building maintenance mechanic Chad Jarvis.
The process of upgrading the system began in 2014, when the commissioners agreed to spend up to $50,000 annually, making the need to bid out the project unnecessary. They did so, in part, because it was unknown what the full project would entail, and, sticking with Kidron Electric, they benefit from engineering services offered as part of the deal. The original system dates to 1992, when the building was constructed.
To date, the building has been upgraded to include two chillers and two pumps from both the chillers and boilers. The administrative side of the building and basement also have been transitioned to a direct digital control system, the motors for which are operated by electrics, rather than airflow.
Neuenschwander asked the commissioners where they want to next proceed, keeping in mind the company overspent in 2016 and will have to borrow from 2017 funds before taking on additional work. That said, his question was answered by Jarvis, who said replacement of the two air handlers has the most value.
It's a plan that was supported by the commissioners. "If you go over (on costs), you can just concentrate on the air handlers," said Commissioner Ray Eyler, adding, "You have to have the right airflow for it to work."
Neuenschwander said he could likely tackle the air handlers and at least a portion of the project to convert the cell blocks from pneumatic to digital controls. He said he would put together a price on the project and return to the commissioners for approval.
"During the last phase, I got more cost into it than I got money for," said Neuenschwander, noting that while an April fire, which caused damage to the building's electrical and HVAC systems, it forced some redirection of services, but not funds, since repairs made necessary by the fire were covered by insurance.
During times when crews would need to access the system from within the cell blocks, Haun said, staff would make provisions to have inmates temporarily relocated.
The final phase, to be completed in 2018, he said, would address any remaining issues in the cell blocks and conversion to the DDC system in the jail kitchen area.
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