HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Reno County Commissioners gave approval to purchase 13 rooftop HVAC units for the Community Corrections building during their regular agenda session. The Board approved the bid from Sturgeon Plumbing at a cost of $80,741. Funds for the purchase will come from rent payments made to the county from the state run agency.
The board also took time to discuss a new fiber optic system for the landfill and public works. Technical problems caused by weather and other factors have limited the usefulness of the current system. Technology Director Mike Mathews says they could install their own system which would allow them to upgrade it as needed. It also prevents them from being at the mercy of a service provider.
Mathews says owning the system would also make it easier to repair or replace as needed. No action was taken by the board.
The board also received an update from County Administrator Randy Partington regarding equipment needs for Reno County Rural Fire District (RFD) 4 in Arlington. A recent test on equipment showed that the two aging trucks in their fleet need replaced.
The RFD will be back before the board in the next week or two asking to use some capital reserve funds to purchase one new and one used pumper truck.