County approves emergency measure to help meals program

Updated: Oct 2, 2021

MOUND CITY – The Linn County Commission on Monday, Aug. 9 was stuck on a decision about how to keep the Pleasanton Senior Center open. The decision was crucial because it is at that center where meals are prepared for senior citizens around the county.

Shaun West, county public works administrator, laid out the issue: A cooling unit went out at the former church where the center is located. The options were to hastily move the center to the Pleasanton Community Building on Main Street or the Linn County Health Department on the east side of town near U.S. 169 Highway.

The former church building has deteriorated significantly, and commissioners have been looking at moving the center to either the community building or health department.

Representatives from the senior center have said they prefer the community building because it is easier to access. However, commissioners worry about putting the program in a building they don’t own and can’t control.

So the choices were to either move the program and pay rent or purchase a replacement air conditioning unit for existing building to buy a few months to make the decision. However there was one problem.

West had received only one bid for the replacement – more than $2,000 from Webber Heating and Cooling of Parker. West said the unit was in stock and could be purchased and installed that day

The county’s policy is to get at least two competitive bids. However, after some discussion it was clear that to keep the center open without major disruption it was necessary to accept the bid. Commissioners unanimously approved up to $2,500 to install the unit and keep the center operational.

Commission Chair Rick James said that option would give the commission more time to make a decision on where to move the kitchen equipment for the meals program.

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