Consultant to address problems at Alcorn County Justice Center

djournal-alcorn-countyBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – A consultant has been hired by the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors to assess the heating and cooling systems, boilers and hot water systems, chillers and cold water systems and automated internal controls at the Alcorn County Justice Center.

Johnson Controls of Memphis submitted a proposal and will be paid $5,000 for the work. The county is experiencing ongoing problems in all of these areas.

In mid-July county officials met with the justice center’s architect and various contractors over defective and/or malfunctioning tankless water heaters.

The meeting included board members, the regional jail warden, chancery clerk and maintenance supervisor. At the time, 17 of the 55 water heater units were not functioning properly.

Board attorney Bill Davis has sent a letter to the manufacturer asking that the defective units be replaced and that repair parts be provided at no cost to the county, and discussions for resolution are ongoing.

The board received quotes from construction contractors for recommended maintenance on the water heaters and cooling systems, and are considering other vendors. The assessments by Johnson Controls are expected to be helpful in deciding how to proceed.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com