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Supervisors want report on jail's mechanical problems
by Jebb Johnston
Jan 22, 2014 | 92 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Alcorn County Board of Supervisors is ordering an assessment of some of the ongoing mechanical issues such as problems with the HVAC system at the justice center and correctional facility.

The board on Tuesday voted to retain Johnson Controls of Memphis, Tenn., to conduct the assessment, which will examine the HVAC function and design, the boilers and production of hot water, the chillers and production of cold water, and the internal controls for a building automated system. The cost is not to exceed $5,000.

The latest problem is malfunctioning chillers after three water coils froze and burst. The estimated repair cost is $23,800. Board President Lowell Hinton said it appears the workers did not install the protective housings which are designed to shield the coils from the elements.

The county has also identified several other issues in the facility, which is now more than two years old.

Hinton said Johnson Controls will present a report detailing problems in the facility, and it will be up to the board to work out the solutions with the appropriate contractors and architect.

The county has also faced an ongoing problem with leaking water heaters.

In other business, Tax Collector Larry Ross and former Booneville alderman Bobby Goddard sought the board’s blessing on their hope to get the field at the Tiger Stadium at Northeast Mississippi Community College named as Veterans Memorial Field.

Goddard said veterans were involved in building a number of the college’s facilities through a work program in the 1940s, and he wants to see their contributions recognized.

“We can make right what has been ignored for a long time,” he said. “Me and a bunch of veterans will be eternally grateful.”

Board members said they support the idea but took no action. Hinton encouraged the two to approach the college’s board of trustees.
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