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County pursues jail water heaters fix
by Jebb Johnston
Sep 16, 2013 | 175 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
County supervisors are still seeking resolution of problems with tankless water heaters at the Alcorn County Justice Center.

The Board of Supervisors voted on Monday to send a letter to Rinnai, the manufacturer of the wall-mounted units, seeking replacement parts for 11 water heaters that are out of service or leaking at no cost to the county.

A consulting engineer told representatives of the county two months ago that the units are being examined to determine the cause.

“I don’t think there has been any clear consensus at this point as to what the cause of the problem is,” said Attorney Bill Davis. “I think I’ve heard everything from an installation defect to a defect in the product to hard water.”

Jail officials say the problem units leak when they are not running.

A contract for preventive maintenance is in the works.

In other business:

• The county is getting ready to sell landfill equipment that is no longer needed since the landfill is closed to the public and the county has contracted with Waste Connections for operation of the transfer station. The board approved advertising for sealed bids for trucks, backhoes and other equipment. Bids will be opened at the Oct. 7 board meeting.

• The board approved a change order of $71,642 for on the Manpower Road project for paving of the northern portion of the road as part of the Caterpillar road project.

• Supervisors voted 4-1 to advertise intent to borrow up to $900,000 to cover until the bulk of tax revenue comes in.

• The board approved use of the courthouse grounds for a Mission Mississippi event at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

• Supervisors heard a presentation by Scott Mills on plans available through ABC Medical Smart Care.

• The next meeting of the board is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 7.
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