Vibank council approves $25K boiler replacement

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Vibank council has voted to replace aging boilers at the former convent building on 2nd Avenue.

The council vote on Feb. 23 recognized the need to deal with aging infrastructure at the building — which currently houses a dance club, judo club, library, restaurant, hairdresser, daycare and post office, along with the village office and The Forum — and improving the monitoring of the boilers. The vote was to replace Boiler 1 and Boiler 3, at a cost of $25,000.

There was a discussion on installing sensors to guard against water leaks and dropping boiler temperatures. CAO Dagmar Crumley said it would cost approximately $50,000 to put sensors into all of the radiators in the heating system that would send alarms to appropriate personnel should the heating system fail.

“Once we have these boilers up and running, I’m going to ask if there is a less expensive way to do this,” Crumley said.

One of those cheaper options may be to have more regular in-person inspections through volunteers or a paid person to monitor the system on weekend days when businesses in the building may be closed.

Keith Borkowsky, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Quad Town Forum