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April 23, 2014

Building to feature generator

CLINTON — After more than seven years of planning, the Clinton County Administration building is getting a new 300-kilowatt diesel-powered Caterpillar generator installed on the campus allowing it to become a certified emergency shelter and warming and cooling center.

“I think we’ve always been wanting to get a generator set up at this building,” Board of Supervisors representative Jill Davisson said. “I think the reason you put generators in public buildings is it just keeps public business viable and allows the people for a secure place to go in an emergency.”

By accepting a bid of $316,000 from Trenkamp Electric for the purchase and installation of the generator, during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, the county will use approximately $190,000 of grant funding and part of a $351,000 County Building Maintenance budget to cover the costs.

The remainder of that $351,000 budget will be used for upkeep on the generator.

Building maintenance manager Corey Johnson told the Supervisors on Tuesday that he selected the Caterpillar generator because of the savings he expects to attain using their upkeep service contract.

“We’re paying a little more upfront now, but over year 3 1/2 we’re actually starting to save money then,” Johnson said. “It does pay for itself.”

He anticipated that it will take approximately 16 weeks for Caterpillar to build the generator once Trenkamp places the order, expected in June, which will allow for the use of the 300-kilowatt machine by the end of October.

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