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 Knightstown Council OKs Work on New Town Court

February 14, 2007 - With the transformation of the town’s old fire barn into a new home for the Knightstown Town court already underway, the Knightstown Town Council voted Monday to have three area businesses install the new heating and cooling system, ceilings and flooring for the court and utility offices that are being remodeled.

Jake’s Heating and Air Conditioning, a Knightstown business owned by Jake Adams, will install two five-ton Goodman heat pumps, which carry a 10-year warranty on parts and labor. The expected cost for the units and installation is expected to be about $15,000, although the price could be as high as $16,500 if the council decides to have the court and utility offices divided into two distinct, independently controlled temperature zones, a decision that was not made Monday.

In deciding to go with Jake’s for the heating and cooling work, the council rejected proposals from another local business, Overman’s Plumbing Heating & Electric, and from Tim Looper of Wilkinson. The council said Overman’s would have provided two five-ton Trane units for $24,400, plus $3,400 for additional electrical work, while the proposal from Looper would have provided a three-ton unit and a four-ton unit, both with five-year warranties, for $15,000.

Adams told the council that the Goodman units are in stock now, and said his firm should be able to start work as soon as the town is ready for them. He said he expected it would take five to seven days to complete the installation.

Only one company, Hilderbrand Construction, Carthage, submitted a proposal for the ceiling installation job. The council agreed to pay Hilderbrand $5,398 to install drop ceilings in the remodeled areas. The council received proposals from Smith Carpet of Spiceland and Logan Carpet of New Castle for the flooring work, which is expected to be mostly carpeting with a small area of tile in the entryway of the court. The council voted to go with Smith, whose prices ranged from a low of $3,550.56 to a high of $3,908. Logan’s low and high prices were $4,438.72 and $5,243.76.

Speaking to The Banner on Tuesday, Council President David Glenn said that town employees had started the renovation of the old fire barn about a month ago. To keep costs down, he said town employees have handled the framing and hanging of drywall, and are expected to do all of the electrical work as well. He said he hopes work is complete by within a month or so, and that the town will be able to sell the building at 203 E. Main St. that presently houses the town court.

In a related item of business, the council also OK’d two fund transfers during Monday’s meeting to cover the renovation costs. Acting on a recommendation from Clerk-Treasurer Judy Haines, the council approved the transfer of $30,000 and $10,000, respectively, from the town’s Cumulative Capital Improvement and Cumulative Capital Development funds into the General Fund.

Near the end of Monday’s meeting, Council President David Glenn also advised other members that town hall’s rubber roof had been leaking above a portion of the utility office. He said Hilderbrand told him they could make the repair, but that the roof needs to be dry and the temperature needs to be above 30 degrees. Glenn did not say how much the repair work would cost and the he council took no action at that time.

The next scheduled meeting of the Knightstown Town Council is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21, in the council’s new meeting room, which is accessible through a door on the west side of Knightstown Town Hall, 26 S. Washington St.


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