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Henry Conservation approves bids for construction projects

MT. PLEASANT — Upgrades will be coming to Henry County Conservation office and two cabins as bids for new HVAC systems, a new roof and roofing upgrades were approved.

At the Henry County Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 13, Henry County Conservation Director John Pullis approached the board to discuss the conservation board’s decisions from their meeting the day before. The roof of the office will be replaced by Weiler Builders LLC, of Bloomfield, for $8,000. The fee includes stripping and disposing of the old shingles as well.

The two “old cabins” will be receiving upgrades to the roofs as well as a new HVAC system for each. Brian Lang plumbing had the winning bid for the HVAC systems at $7,712 per cabin.

“We will be installing packaged units so they will be standing outside the cabins, the furnaces and the air conditioners will be outside the units with the duct work going into the cabins. We really like that idea because they will be able to maintain those items without having to interfere or go into the cabins as they’re rented,” he said.

The metal roof on the cabins will be removed and a new frame will be built. The insulation currently in the roof is not sufficient, Pullis said, and this is step one in the process. Weiler Builders LLC will complete the project at a cost of $4,200 for each cabin. However, if they are able to complete both cabins at once, the price will be lowered to $6,800 total.

Once the new frames are installed, spray insulation will go in. Bids for this project have been sent out but have not yet been received.

Pullis also stated the department’s contract with Ruby Lawn Care has been terminated by the contractor. Board members expressed complaints with them and due to other complaints they have received from the department, they canceled their five-year contract on year one, Pullis said.

“They said between the complaints that they’ve heard from trying to bring Waterworks under control and now board members, they just weren’t interested in it anymore and they have that option under our contract, with a 30-day notice to opt out of it. They did say that they would finish this year, so at some point we are going to have to be finding a new mowing contract for the parks, and the way things are looking now, that’s harder and harder to find,” Pullis said.