Logan County Fiscal Court will be hiring an outside consultant for $7,500 to advise magistrates to either repair or replace the boiler at the Logan County Detention Center. A new boiler could run $55,000 with repair costing close to $34,000. A recent leak and repair to the boiler system has caused concern that extensive repairs will be needed in the future.
“Just buy a new one,” said magistrate Dickie Carter at Monday’s court meeting. “It’s ridiculous to pay $7,500 to have someone come and look at it and tell us what to do. I could go down there and do that.”
Carter voted no along with magistrate Jo Orange on hiring Tom Connolly to draw up specs and offer advice.
The boiler system is used to heat the water at the detention center and also used to help heat the building in the winter.
Magistrate Barry Joe Wright said he believes this would be money well spent and would be an investment.
“I think it’s a little steep,” said magistrate Orange.
“I agree, but it’s going out and it’s the same as buying a new car. What kind? What size wheels? We need to look to someone who knows what they are doing. This guy is an engineer. My recommendation is to have someone evaluate the whole system. I’d like to have a third party come in and look at it and tell us what we need to do with it,” Bouldin said making a motion to do so. Magistrate Wright seconded the motion which passed with a four to two vote.
Judge Executive Logan Chick said he thought a new boiler will probably be much more efficient and could save the county money in the long run. But voted to hire Connolly to offer advise.
“I’d hate to pay a $38,000 repair bill and still have an old boiler,” said Carter.
Gregory reminded the court the jail would not pass a jail inspection until something is done.
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