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By Jack H. Smith
Three Forks Voice 

New Boilers Discussed


March 27, 2019

The plans are in motion for the purchase of two new boilers at Three Forks High School.

At last week's School Board meeting, Superintendent Jeff Elliot told trustees for a week and a half they have gone without full heat in the high school and no heat in the middle school and shop.

Elliot said they could rebuild the heat exchanger for $15,000, but it would take eight weeks for that to happen and they would have to bring in temporary boilers at $3,7000 a week, for a total cost of around $30,000. He said they would be able to get two new boilers for $50,000 and the first could be here in a little over a week.

The plan to purchase two new boilers would remove the old system and according to Elliot by having two, neither would get warn out and both have warranties for up to 20 years. He added the two new boilers could also handle any new construction built at the school.

Elliot told trustees he moved forward with getting an Intercap loan at 3.7 percent for the project in hopes of making this a permanent fix. He added he looked at the loan because he did not want to deplete the building reserve fund.

He estimated the cost of the loan to be around $9,000 with a once a year payment for five or six years. The costs would include the delivery and installation.

The board plans to hold a meeting in the near future to vote on the loan.


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