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WARM will stay cool this summer

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, February 16, 2013

Wise County commissioners agreed Monday to buy a new heating and air conditioning unit for Wise Area Relief Mission.

The food pantry is housed in a building owned by the county at 300 N. Trinity in Decatur, and County Judge Bill McElhaney said the heating and cooling system is on its “last legs.”

“There are three old heat/ac units … and they’re just not efficient anymore,” he said.

Commissioners agreed to spend up to $20,000 to purchase a ductless heat pump system for the building.

Interim Precinct 4 Commissioner Glenn Hughes, who is also the county’s project manager, met with Mann Refrigeration last week. He explained that while the ductless system is about $1,500 more than a conventional unit, it is more energy efficient.

Hughes said he expects the new system will cost $17,800.

Commissioners also approved giving $1,615 to the U.S. Forest Service so the agency can buy a radar that will be used on the LBJ National Grasslands. County Auditor Ann McCuiston said the sheriff’s department is giving the Forest Service a video camera.

Commissioners accepted the following donations: $500 from Arkansas Cemetery, $500 from Friendship Cemetery and $274.30 from Cans for Canines.

They also OK’d trading an ambulance chassis to Frazer in Houston for a new chassis. Emergency Medical Services Administrator Charles Dillard said a Wise County ambulance is being remounted by Frazer, and the company asked if it could work out a trade. Precinct 2 Commissioner Kevin Burns made the motion for approval.

In other business, commissioners approved:

  • the final plat of Saddlehorn Ranch Addition, Phase III, Lots 31-35, Block 1, in Precinct 1;
  • the auction of a 1991 GMC truck tractor at the request of Precinct 3 Commissioner Harry Lamance;
  • seeking bids for stump removal at the request of Lamance; and
  • right-of-way easement requests for County Roads 2526 and 1895, Targa Midstream Services; CR 3250, Devon Gas Services; and CR 4227, 4360, 4470 and 4480, CenturyLink.

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