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County taps surcharge funds to repair jail air conditioner

News Ellsworth,Wisconsin 54011
Pierce County Herald
County taps surcharge funds to repair jail air conditioner
Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

Pierce County supervisors voted last week to use $7,700 from a maintenance fund to replace the jail's air conditioner condensing system.

Action was postponed on a proposal to pay a private company $15,000 to refresh a jail needs assessment.

Two air condensing units in the jail have failed and another is failing. According to a proposal from River Falls Heating, by 2010 manufacturers will stop making air conditioning units with the refrigerant now used by the jail units. Also manufacturers no longer make the one-ton condensing units used in the jail.

RF Heating is suggesting a six-ton condensing unit with a horizontal cooling coil installed in the existing air handler that is used for heating.

The Jail Maintenance Fund is money collected by the courts as a surcharge on fines and forfeitures.

For more please read the Sept. 2 print version of the Herald.