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Not a good time to lose the AC

Kathy Ryan Staff Writer
July 20, 2017
Grosse Pointe Woods — There is never a good time in the summer for the air conditioning to go out. But when the AC goes out in a windowless room in the middle of July, it’s a really bad time.

That’s the situation the Department of Public Safety faced this week when the air-conditioning unit that cools the dispatch area went out as the temperature rose.

Director of Public Service Frank Schulte brought a request to the city council Monday night for an emergency appropriation of $7,250 for the installation of a new HVAC unit for the dispatch area.

According to Schulte, the bid came from K&S Ventures of Auburn Hills, the city’s contractor for HVAC services. Schulte told the council once it approved the amount, installation could be completed in 48 hours.

“It’s July,” said Councilman Todd McConaghy. “I don’t think we have a choice.”

The council unanimously approved the appropriation and the dispatch area should be ready for the 90-degree temperatures expected this week.

The council also approved repairs to the maintenance garage at Lake Front Park, which was damaged in a fire in March. The cost will be covered by the city’s insurance company, which estimated damage at $45,625. The city is responsible for a $5,000 deductible.

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