Mitchell seeks emergency declaration for AC unit at City Hall
The city of Mitchell is seeking to beat the heat on Monday.
Mitchell's City Hall currently has an air conditioning system that is currently out of service and with the summer months approaching, the Mitchell City Council will look to approve a resolution to have that system replaced soon.
The matter will be discussed during the 6 p.m. Monday council meeting in the building. The action seeks to declare the City Hall's air conditioning failure as an emergency.
"The air conditioner went out at the end of last summer, and we are heading into the warm season, so that's why we have to get moving on it right now," Mitchell Mayor Bob Everson said.
According to Everson, the council fell behind on enacting to replace the air conditioning unit, which could take up to eight weeks to be replaced. A cost estimate on the project was not provided.
The resolution will allow the council to purchase the necessary equipment to replace the air conditioning unit as quickly as possible. To fund the replacement, it would be included in the city's supplemental appropriations.
"It kind of slipped our minds, but we hope to have it ready to go by the time warmer weather hits us," Everson said.
The building first opened in 1937 as an armory and the city offices moved there in 1960. City leaders have wrestled with what to do with the building, and whether the city should continue having its offices there, while also considering a new city hall. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013, even though the City Council voted in opposition to it, figuring that making changes to a building with a historical status would be difficult.
It's a building that has also had various issues addressed in recent issues, including foundational issues, water leaks, and sewer pipe issues. But plans to build a new city hall or renovate the current building have remained stalled.