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New boiler purchased for city pool PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chris Lee   

After looking at three different boiler options, Holyoke City Council members decided at their Dec. 7 meeting to purchase a new Lochinvar Knight boiler from Wern Air Inc. to replace the broken one at the city pool.

City Supt. Mark Brown reported at the Nov. 16 meeting the heat exchanger in the boiler had cracked which disabled the entire heating system, forcing the closure of the pool.

After some research, Brown found Wern Air has worked with the Haxtun school and Yuma hospital to install boilers, and he feels confident they are moving in the right direction by ordering and working with them.

The system purchased is a high efficiency boiler and costs $72,532. The total amount will be paid using funds from the Conservation Trust Fund. Council members hope the high efficiency will cut down on costs in the future should natural gas prices increase. The heat exchanger in the purchased system has a 14- year warranty, according to Brown.

Brown said once ordered, the boiler will take two-three weeks for manufacturing, a week for shipping and then up to three or four weeks for installation. Wern Air said to allow seven weeks for the completion of the project.

Brown said since Wern Air is the company that installed the original boiler they will be the easiest to work with.

Another reason is the computer control system. They are already familiar with the current system, and having another company come in would take more time and possibly more money.

Brown reported a portion of the roof above the storage closet at the pool was also found to be rotting and giving way. He said it is an opportune time to fix it since the pool is closed anyway.


Council addresses dangerous building

Mayor Orville Tonsing said since no progress has been made on the removal of the Baldwin building, the owner needs to be contacted and made known of the city’s displeasure with lack of progress made. Council members voted to have City Attorney Al Wall address a letter to the owner concerning the matter.

A couple of the council members noted they heard some inspection work was to be conducted on the building last week, but the owner hadn’t relayed anything to the council itself.


City maintenance shop roof to be redone

City Supt. Brown said the roof at the maintenance shop is in need of repair, as wind gusts have begun to separate layers. Tires and rims have been placed on top to help hold things down for the time being. Although there are no leaks, the issue needs to be addressed. Council members agreed to install a three-inch overlay of insulation after the current roof is torn off. The total will be budgeted at $15,153.

Brown said unless more damage is done, the new roof won’t be installed until next spring.


Reports of city officials

Brown reported four old city vehicles have been put up for sale and are located in the parking lot near the city offices. They include a John Deere loader, 1972 Ford pickup, 2001 Jeep Cherokee and 1994 Chevrolet Caprice. Brown said there has been considerable interest in the loader and pickup, and sealed bids will be opened at the Jan. 4 council meeting.

The city supt. said the quarterly inspection was held at the airport by the state and VASAILA which holds the maintenance contract. The main power supply for the antenna and controls failed and needs to be replaced.

When paving project bids for the apron expansion project came in too high earlier this year, the council agreed to hold off for one year and gather another $150,000 from the General Aviation Entitlement from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Holyoke’s proportion of the year’s money, however, was allocated to Greeley for 2011, according to Brown.

The state is allowing the city to apply for a Colorado Discretionary Aviation Grant in the amount of $200,000. Instead of a 2.5 percent match however, it would be a 10 percent match on the funds used by the city. Council members voted to go ahead with the grant as other funds allocated by the FAA will be lost if the project doesn’t happen next spring.

Brown ended his report reminding the council leaf pickup concluded Monday, Dec. 6 and leaves will no longer be picked up from the curb.


Annual appropriations approved

After a public hearing, annual appropriations were approved by council members at last Tuesday’s meeting. Total appropriations in the budget is $5,927,758 with the majority in the general fund, $2,382,437 and utility fund, $3,258,517.

Other appropriations were as follows:

Sale of Heginbotham Land Fund $366

Equipment Replacement Fund $229,115

Library Land Fund $983

Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund $5,496

Fire Pension Fund $19,650

Massman Memorial Fund $356

Contingency Fund $0

Cem White/Leeper Memorial Fund $2,438

Conservation Trust Fund $16,192

LeBlanc Estate Fund $7,208

Capital Reserve Fund $0

Spindler Library Fund $5,000


Other business

In other business Dec. 7, council members:

—appointed David Nygaard to serve on the Fire Pension Board as a member-at-large.

—allowed City Clerk/Treasurer Kathy Olofson to certify the mill levy at 21.823 mills (21.2 General, .6 for Volunteer Fire and .023 for abatements) and to adjust revenue in the 2011 budget to reflect the assessor’s final valuation.

—voted to have two vacation days offered as door prizes at the city’s Christmas party.