Elkhart Common Council approves first half of $1 million Lerner Theatre HVAC replacement

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The Lerner Theater is in need of a $ 1 million investment decision in a new heating, air flow, and air conditioning system, and Elkhart’s joint council unanimously resolved on Monday to expend $ 500,000 from the typical fund on these upgrades.

The council designs to fund the relaxation of the US greenback bailout prepare for the city but will vote on it at its following session.

According to paperwork submitted to the group, the 10-year-previous HVAC procedure was properly taken care of by Lerner, but was “very smaller” for the theater when it was set up. It was also damaged by hail and ability outages.

Rex Martin, together with Buddies of the Lerner, said the HVAC up grade is necessary to support the theater.

“This is extremely essential to make sure that the council and the metropolis search just after our property,” reported Martin. “We invested $ 18 million in it a few several years ago, and we need to have to maintain it going.”

Councilor David Henke, together with the relaxation of the council, voted for the replacement. But he also mentioned he was worried that the undersized system was even becoming set up.

“That just doesn’t make feeling to me,” claimed Henke. “We have to get taxpayers again to spend for some thing we didn’t have good oversight on – so I want to get to the base of it.”

Even though it is tumble, the metropolis has made a decision to replace the HVAC system now in preparing for future summer due to supply delays triggered by COVID-19.

The council also voted 7 to 1, with Henke voting no to invest $ 1.5 million on HVAC updates for the Elkhart City Corridor and Metropolis Annex.

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