It has been 24 years since any work has been done on the building that houses Seymour City Hall, and most of the heating and cooling equipment is pre-1980s.

In 2017, the city plans to spend just more than $1 million to replace the HVAC system. The project will result in new lighting, insulation, ceiling tiles and carpet throughout the building at 301-309 N. Chestnut St., said city engineer Nathan Frey.

“The main reason for the renovation is the HVAC system is about 10 years past its useful life cycle,” Frey said.

DLZ Engineering in Indianapolis is designing the project, which is expected to go out for construction bids in April.

The existing system is made up of three separate units, including two boilers that work together to heat and cool the complex.

“One boiler has been out of commission for a couple of years now,” Frey said. “If the second one goes down, city hall will need to be shut down until it is repaired.”

By removing all three units and replacing them with one, it will be more efficient to heat and cool the building, resulting in significant utilities savings, Frey said.

The upfront cost of the work will be paid for through a bond issue.

But with a total monthly utility savings estimated at $4,000, Frey said the savings will help offset the future bond payments.

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at or 812-523-7069.