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Assembly approves community gym heating system repairs


The Petersburg Borough Assembly unanimously approved $137,538 in repairs to the failing parks and recreation HVAC system.

Parks and Recreation Director Donnie Hayes said the repairs would help his department save money in the long run through energy savings.

The pneumatic controls of the more than 25 year-old system are leaking, and many of the springs and actuators that assist the system's air pump have lost tension, causing too much heat to escape the system.

“That compressor pumps air to an actuator and tells that actuator 'you need to open up and let heat into the system'…because the tension is so weak now, it takes forever for it to close,” Hayes said. “As it's open the entire way through, it's still just pumping tons and tons of heat. It takes a long time for it to get level with itself.”

Hayes requested the $137,538 come from the Secure Rural Schools Act funding—federally appropriated dollars, commonly known as timber receipts, most of which go to the school district.

Petersburg School District Superintendent Rob Thomason supported the request as it shares the heating system with the Parks and Recreation facility.

“Currently, the pneumatic recreation department system and the digital school district system are incompatible,” Thomason wrote in a letter to the assembly. “Significant savings are anticipated when the systems can communicate and the heat can be efficiently modulated.”

Alerton Technologies Systems (ATS), a company already working on the Stedman Elementary school renovation, will work on the HVAC repairs.


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