Tuesday December 11th, 2018 8:34AM

Gainesville Civic Center in need of new chiller unit, possibly new roof

Gainesville City Council members heard at their work session this past week that the Gainesville Civic Center is getting some age on it, and that means they'll need to spend money for repairs in the near future.
On Thursday, the Gainesville Parks and Recreation Board asked for up to $125,000 of unappropriated fund balance to cover the cost of the Civic Center chiller replacement.
"The Civic Center boiler has reached its maximum use. It is over 25 years old and it is beginning to impact customer service there," said Parks and Rec Director Melvin Cooper. 
Heating and air conditioning specialists have also recommended that the 100 ton unit be replaced. Cost estimates range as high as $119,000.
The decision on the unit's replacement will be voted on by the city council on Tuesday.
In addition, Cooper told Council the roof on the building likely will need replacement.
The Gainesville Civic Center is host to hundreds of local events each year.
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