M.C. custodial, HVAC contract urged

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A five-year, $167,700 contract for building maintenance and three new heating, ventilation and cooling units for two buildings owned by Marshall County was recommended by the county's Building Committee last week.

Two of the HVAC units are to be installed at the West Commerce Street offices of the Marshall County Board of Public Utilities, according to committee discussion on Thursday. The third unit is for the county jail on First Avenue.

Carrier Corp. is the contractor awaiting renewal of its service contract with the county. The Building Committee's recommendation was considered by all of the county commissioners when they met Monday. Approval so soon after a committee recommendation was possible by a suspension of the rules. That was done to obtain a discount.

The building maintenance contract totaled $176,550, but with advance payments, it's reduced 5 percent, by $8,827.50, allowing a contract of $167,722.50. That's $10,972.50 more than the previous contract of $156,750.

While some local governments employ their own maintenance staff, Marshall County has had a service contract.

"Routinely, we get 30-40 hours each week" from Carrier employees serving the county's building needs, County Accounts and Budget Director Freda Terry told the Building Committee. "Granted, we might get 20 hours some weeks, but there may have been two men for a time" on one job.

Commissioner Don Ledford made the motion to recommend the Carrier contract. The committee vote was unanimous.