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AC contract approved for Otsego Stone Hall PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 18 May 2013 08:21
NORTHWOOD - After months of discussion and debate, the Otsego Stone Hall will finally be getting air conditioning.
Wood County Park District Board of Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to accept a $92,900 bid from Marlin White and Sons, Fremont, to install air conditioning at the building.
The meeting was held at the J. C. Reuthinger Memorial Preserve on Oregon Road.
The unit would be installed on the front-west side of the stone hall, which was recently named in honor of longtime board president George Thompson, who retired from the board last year.
The vote caps nearly a year of wrangling over the issue, in which a number of sometimes contentious discussions were held over the desirability, feasibility and cost of the project. A series of options, including geothermal power, were considered. The project was originally budgeted at $77,500, but a consultant later informed the board the cost would be closer to $110,000.
The Stone Hall is one of the Park District's most popular rental venues.
The board also approved the $9,585 purchase of a district-wide VOIP telephone service, allowing calls to be made over the Internet instead of over a standard landline. VOIP stands for Voice Over Internet Protocol.
The move is expected to save the district money on phone bills, and would allow it to cancel most traditional telephone service - lines would still be maintained at the Park District headquarters on Mercer Road, and at the W. W. Knight Preserve, for safety reasons and to maintain fax usage. At least six other telephone lines would be eliminated.
The board also:
• Approved a $1,540 contract with Morlock Asphalt, Bowling Green, for sealcoating at the headquarters.
• Approved a $8,100 contract with Bowers Asphalt, Walbridge, for work on the parking lot at William Henry Harrison Park, Pemberville.
• Heard that a sidewalk leading to a new shelter house at the Cedar Creeks Preserve has been finished.
• Heard that removal of asbestos siding at the Carter Historic Farm is being considered. Some of the siding is reportedly beginning to flake off. If it is removed, the siding would be replaced with wood. The district is also examining the possibility of moving the one-room Zimmerman School nearer to the Carter Farm grounds to make it more convenient for visiting school classes.
• Went into executive session to discuss a personnel matter and then adjourned without taking action.

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