By Allison Gallagher
For the Troy Daily News
TROY — The Miami County Commissioners awarded Staffco Construction Inc. of Fairborn the HVAC system upgrade and renovation project in the amount of $4,977,000 at their Thursday meeting. This amount includes the base bid and alternate bid items to install plumbing in the safety building, update plumbing in the courthouse and for air handlers in the safety building.
Additionally, alternate bid item No. 5 was approved to install VAV boxes, along with alternate bid to renovate the family restroom, both in the safety building. Three-year maintenance services offered to the county under alternate bid were approved.
According to commission vice president Jack Evans, the amount was more than what he would have liked to spend, but the Miami County Courthouse and safety building have been in need of renovations.
“The amenities have run their borrowed time, and work needs to be done,” Evans said. “It was time for us to bite the bullet.”
Commission president Bud O’Brien commented that finding a company who could take care of all the renovations was a large undertaking that he was glad to see happen with Staffco.
“There’s a complicated series of items that need renovation, and I have to thank Matt Gearhart and Chris Monnin of Garmann Miller for their help,” O’Brien said.
The commissioners also authorized the submission of a grant application for the 2014 Homeland Security Grant Program. The application, which goes to the state of Ohio, requests $49,559.08, which will be used to purchase a portable water purification/distribution unit that will be strategically located within the region.
In other news, the commissioners will be attending the Sgt. Robert Elliott Highway Dedication on Sunday at First Lutheran Church in Troy.