The Parker Town Council approved two upgrades for the Parker Public Library at their Feb. 2 meeting. These included more repairs to the roof and new air-conditioning units.
The Council approved a bid of $13,750 from Prime Waterproofing and Roofing Inc. of Parker to replace the roof over the front reception area. In response to a question from Vice Mayor Jerry Hooper, Public Works Director Steve Ziegler said they recognized this section needed work.
Ziegler said the Town has been replacing sections of the roof each year since 2016. Their priorities are based on how badly a section is leaking. He said that, by doing one section a year, it would not have too great an impact on the Town’s general fund.
The project comes with a 20-year warranty.
There were three bids submitted, Ziegler told the council. Prime Waterproofing and Roofing had performed the previous work, and their bid was the only one under $30,000.
Hooper wanted to know how much of the roof has actually been replaced.
“Where do we stand on the roof?” he asked Ziegler.
Ziegler said the entire old section of the library has been replaced.
Funding for the roof work will come from fiscal year 2020-21 capital projects budget.
As for the air conditioners, the Council approved a bid from Charley’s Kustom Air of Parker for $17,679 to install two new Trane Air Conditioning units. This was the lowest of the three bids received.
In a memo to the Council, Ziegler said these units would replace a pair of older units that failed last summer. The older units were purchased with grant funds 10 years ago, and four similar units used by the Town had to be replaced in the last two years compressor, control board, and electrical failures. They also use a refrigerant that has been banned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The units will also be more energy efficient than the units they are replacing. They come with a 10-year parts and labor warranty.
Ziegler said Charley’s Kustom Air will work with Prime Waterproofing and Roofing to make sure the new units are installed properly with the roof and are properly insulated.
Funding for this project will again come from the FY 2020-21 Capital Projects Budget.
Ziegler noted this work will be done at a time when the library is closed to the public due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
“This would be a good time to do this work,” he said.