Heat Restored to County Annex

What a difference a week can make. Not only is it warmer outside, but workers at the Lauderdale County Annex building say it's also much warmer inside, thanks to the heat being restored.

"Today is the day the heat is coming. I feel wonderful," said Betty Cole, who works on the 11th floor.

Since at least the start of December the building had been without heat while work was underway on the boiler. Workers used space heaters to try to stay warm.

"It took a little longer than we thought, but I think we've got a good product now," said county administrator Mike Sumrall. "We've got a much more efficient heater or furnace. We were leaking five gallons of water a minute. Our water bill was tremendous, and of course, that will be gone now because it won't be losing money like it was before."

As of Wednesday morning heat had been restored in all parts of the building except for the lobby and third floor.

"That's because of some valves that we've had to order. They're ordered and should come in any day," said Sumrall.

With the heat being restored, officials say it's now time to look at the cooling system which may have to be replaced.

Officials say it's possible the heat could be shut off Friday for installation of a sensor. Daytime temperatures Friday are forecast to be in the mid-50s.


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