At the Brookfield Village Board’s meeting on Oct. 28, trustees approved spending $38,995 to do emergency repairs to the village hall’s heating and air-conditioning systems, just two years after a major upgrade.
Trustees voted to waive competitive bidding for the work and awarded the job to Woodridge-based Leslie Heating and Cooling Inc., the company that performed the 2011 project and with whom the village has an ongoing service contract.
The job includes installing a new 25-ton unit on the roof of the village hall and rerouting some ductwork inside the village hall, among other things.
According to Village Manager Riccardo Ginex, the existing unit, which provides heating and air conditioning to the area housing the manager’s office, building department, finance department and other municipal offices on the main floor of the building, was between 25 and 30 years old.
One day last year, said Ginex, the offices had no heat and there were 90-degree days during the summer, where the offices had no air conditioning.
The rooftop unit replacement is the latest fix to the village hall’s HVAC system. In 2011, following a competitive bidding process, the village chose Leslie Heating and Cooling’s bid of $64,195 to install four HVAC units in the village hall information technology room and basement administrative offices. In addition, Leslie installed two garage heaters and two attic ventilation systems at the village hall.
That work was paid for by a Cook County Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant.
This story has been changed to correct the date the HVAC contract was approved by the board. The board voted to award the contract on Oct. 28. The board discussed and came to a consensus to approve the work at a special meeting held on Oct. 24.