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City to replace boiler

January 30, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — “Our dinosaur is dying.”
Columbia City’s Head of Maintenance Troy Gawthrop said it best at Tuesday’s Board of Works meeting — City Hall’s boiler is on its last leg.

The boiler at City Hall is more than 20 years old, and officials say it could break at any time.

“We’ve done a good job maintaining it and limping it along,” Gawthrop said. “But now it is starting to leak water. We might be able to make it last another year, but it could also break tomorrow.”

The current boiler was installed in 1991, and Gawthrop suggested the city aggressively pursue purchasing a new one. He sought bids from local companies with the cheapest bid coming from Flow-Tech at a pricetag of $30,915.

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