Post & Mail photo/Phil Smith
Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation Business Manager Tony Zickgraf inspects one of two boilers used to heat the Marshall Community Building. The last remaining operational boiler quit working last night, leaving the building without heat.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Employees working in the Marshall Community Building this morning were sitting at their desks in their winter coats.
The building, which houses the Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s district offices, has been limping along for some time with only one of its two boilers operational.
Last night, according to Business Manager Tony Zickgraf, that last boiler went down.
â€śThey (maintenance crews) discovered it wasnâ€™t working this morning,â€ť said Zickgraf. â€śThey had a part and got it on at 6 a.m. this morning. So, it is working itâ€™s just taking awhile to warm up.â€ť
Zickgraf reported to the corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees earlier this month that the boilers need replaced.
He said one has not been operational for some time and the other, more than 45 years old, was working on borrowed time.
â€śThey (employees in the building) arenâ€™t too happy with me this morning,â€ť said Zickgraf jokingly.
He said replacement of the boiler system will take place in increments to ensure a seamless transition.
Zickgraf said the long-dormant boiler will be replaced first.
â€śOnce that one is up and running, weâ€™ll replace the other one,â€ť he said.
The new boiler system is estimated to cost $153,184 and, according to Zickgrafâ€™s report to the board, should take about three to four weeks to arrive after being ordered, with installation expected to take approximately another two to three weeks.