August 21, 2014

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Elyria Council OKs using grant for new AC

ELYRIA — City workers are about to get some relief.

Elyria City Council voted unanimously to use a portion of a Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council grant to replace City Hall’s air conditioning system that is on the fritz, according to Councilman Forrest Bullocks, D-2nd Ward.

The system will be replaced with an energy-efficient one because Council felt the benefits of replacing the system outweighed repairing it again. The city spent $30,000 to repair a broken compressor in the system three years ago.

The new system will cost $135,000, which will be taken out of the $428,000 NOPEC grant. The rest of the grant money will be used to improve the Hilltop Building on Burns Road. The building is used for seasonal storage, but the city hopes to use it to store records, which are held at the old City Hall at 328 Broad St.

The NOPEC grant was initially intended to pay for retrofitting the former Moen building, but since the deal to purchase that building fell through, City Council had to amend the grant’s use in order to use it for other purposes.