Spencer’s new city hall needs new rooftop air conditioning units and ductwork for the building’s second floor.
On Monday, the Spencer City Council approved, with a 7-0 vote, the purchase of four units and the ductwork from Hanson’s Plumbing and Heating for $28,200.
It’s not clear what happened to the current units, City Manager Amanda Mack told the council, but all need to be replaced.
“I don’t think we’ve come to any resolution other than it was an electrical event,” Mack said.
Those AC units were working when the city took over the building. Mack said Northwest Bank, the building’s previous owner before the city purchased the building and began renovations, has said the units were working when the sale closed.
“Something happened while the building was under construction, so I don’t anticipate a similar problem with the newer ones,” she said.
Ward 2 City Councilman, who retired from Northwest Bank in 2012, called the failure of all four AC units at the same time “odd.”
“I’ve been associated with this building for 30 years and we never had all four units go out at once,” he said.