Recorder News Staff

FONDA — The Montgomery Physical Services Committee approved a resolution Tuesday to fund equipment replacements at the older portion of the public safety building.
The resolution will be passed along to the full legislature for a vote.
Legislators approved amending the 2017 operating budget by $119,489.16 to increase the technical equipment fund for the replacement of the jail computer server room’s AC Liebert Unit and Central Control UPS unit. The AC unit in the server room is not capable of handling the heat load any longer with the computers in the room. The UPS system, which controls the Central Command Center, is inoperable and this makes the replacement urgent, according to the resolution.
Board Chairman and District 3 Legislator Roy Dimond said the replacements are for the server room, which is in the older part of the jail.
“The AC unit and the central control unit are not capable of handling the heat any longer,” he said. “ So we had to update that. It’s a very old building.”
Dimond said he toured the building Monday with District 4 Legislator Robert Headwell Jr., District 5 Legislator Daniel Wilson and Department of Public Works Commissioner Eric Mead. Dimond said they skimmed over the building looking for items that need replacement.
“It was just 10 years of neglected maintenance and now we are in catch up mode,” he said.
Dimond said he discussed his legislative agenda Tuesday, and mentioned setting up a committee to prioritize what needs to be done in the building and configure dollar amounts.
Headwell, who is also on the committee, said while touring the building, they discussed and looked at things that needed to be replaced or fixed.
“We are going to come up with a list and we are probably going to come up with a powerpoint presentation and show the rest of the board and the committee what kind of things need to be done,” Headwell said.
He said some of the repairs discussed were the floor tiles and the employee entrance where the bottom of the door jams are rusting.
“The building is not going to be replaced in the near future and we need to take care of what we have. We talked about coming up with a good list of all the things that need to be done and putting them in some kind of order of the needs and how much it’s going to cost,” Headwell said.
Dimond said other topics he’s interested in working on are a road study, which will review the road ownership in the county, and also the snow plowing contracts.
“I’m not saying the rates are fair or unfair,” Dimond said. “We just don’t know and we want to make sure that everyone is treated fairly in the county and the towns.”
Headwell said the current board has been working really well together.
“We have a lot of good ideas of what things we want to do to improve the county,” he said.