Supervisors approve HVAC design contract

With the east side of the Marshall County Courthouse already getting a heating and cooling system upgrade, the west side will be next.

The board of supervisors approved a design contract with Bluestone Engineering of Johnston to work on plans for how the HVAC upgrade will work. The contract is for $16,500.

“This will be the second half of the HVAC project that we’ve been doing,” said Supervisors Chair Dave Thompson.

Bluestone will help the county get ready for the bidding process when it moves to contractors.

Paul Zobel, director of buildings and grounds with the county, said the timeframe of the project is still not clear and will depend on the schedule of the contractors.

“I’m hoping to get it started this fall,” Zobel said.

Bluestone helped with the design plans for the east side HVAC project previously.

In other action, the board set two public hearings for its May 6 meeting dealing with the process of a loan agreement to pay for construction work at the courthouse and the sheriff’s office.

This meeting was the first one Supervisor Denny Grabenbauer attended since he suffered a heart attack on April 19. He said he is currently going through cardiac rehabilitation and feeling better.

“It feels good to be back in the saddle again,” Grabenbauer said.