The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

August 22, 2013

Gaming association supplies emergency funds to Discovery Center

By Samantha Pidde Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — The Clinton County Development Association is awarding emergency funds to the Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center for a new heating and cooling system.

Discovery Center Executive Director Sarah Lind told the CCDA board of directors Wednesday morning that she would never expect to have problems when the center has only been in the building five years.

However, recently, the heating and cooling system has been failing.

“I would hope that it has not been considerably noticeable to our visitors,” Lind said Wednesday afternoon.

Everyday, she checks the system to see if the two of four operational units continue to work. She said one of the units is reliable, while the other one fails most of the time.

The four units are 13 years old, and were installed when the building, which housed a grocery store, was first built. Lind told the board that Tom Kelly at Kelly Heating & Oil Co Inc. has been working on the system for several months and has determined the system needs to be replaced. Since the Discovery Center’s heating and cooling needs are not as great as a grocery store, Lind said they plan to replace only two of the units, located on the building’s roof, with a more energy-efficient system.

A bid from Kelly puts the cost at $20,403. Lind asked the board for the funds. Discovery Center Board President Shawn Judd estimated they only have $1,600 cash on hand.

“I feel sorry for them. I really do,” CCDA Director Alice Schnepel said.

The board agreed to grant the bid amount to the Discovery Center out of the directors’ choice fund. Director Matt Stammeyer said this seemed similar to when they granted funds to the DeWitt American Legion.

“It’s a need, not a want,” Stammeyer said.