September 21, 2014

Boilers being replaced at Arenac County Building

By Matt Keeton
Staff Writer | reporter@ogemawherald.com
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STANDISH — The boilers used to heat the Arenac County Building are in need of replacement, and an engineer was recently approved by the Arenac County Board of Commissioners to coordinate the project.

According to Commissioner Chairman Michael Snyder, two boilers are used to heat the building, both of which are in need of replacement. He said the county simply cannot find the parts needed to fix the existing boilers.

“The technology blew right by us,” Snyder said. “The boilers were old, and the parts just weren’t available anymore.”

Arenac County Clerk Rick Rockwell said that the current projected cost to replace the boilers stands at around $107,000.

Snyder said that the board of commissioners has been aware of the need for new boilers for several years.

According to Rockwell, Linda Deyarmond, owner of Kovacs Engineering in AuGres, was approved 4-1 by the board of commissioners to coordinate the project for $5,500, plus $75 per visit to the county building and $0.60 per mile for travel fees. Commissioner Joe Sancimino cast the dissenting vote.

Deyarmond said that the current boilers are around 15 years old. She said that their lifespan should have been longer, but they are an off-brand, which makes their quality questionable, and the availability of parts more difficult.

I’ve been doing this nearly 20 years and I’ve never seen that name brand before,” Deyarmond said. “I would think that a 20-year life expectancy on new boilers would be pretty good. They just don’t make them like they used to.”

Snyder said that the county was approved for grant funding through the Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe for 50 percent of the initial estimated cost of the project.

Rockwell said that the initial estimate for the project was $97,000.

Snyder said that Deyarmond will be drawing out specifications for the project and sending them out for bids from contractors to handle the project.

Deyarmond said that she expects the project to be finished before next winter.

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