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Commission OKs resource officer, HVAC contracts

Two contracts were approved by the Washington County Commission Wednesday morning that deal with the health and safety of county residents.

The first contract was between the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington County Career Center. The agreement will provide the school with a resource officer from the sheriff’s office.

Commissioner Charlie Schilling said the school resource officer at Fort Frye, Deputy Jason Hall and his dog, Largo, have worked well in the Fort Frye school district.

“They’ve been an asset to the school district,” he said.

He explained it’s a shared service between the school and the sheriff’s office.

“This will be a nice service,” he said. “We’re just making sure we’re keeping certain things out of the school.”

The commission also signed a contract with Veregy to revamp the courthouse and annex, said Commission President Kevin Ritter.

Veregy bills itself as an industry leader that brings energy-efficient, smart building technology, and distributed energy solutions to their markets.

Ritter said they were contracting for Veregy to install new HVAC and ductwork in the courthouse annex.

This phase of work will cost approximately $1.25 million, which will be funded through the CARES Act and American Rescue Plan Act.

“Our hope is to do all of the county buildings,” Ritter said.

Schilling said the courthouse HVAC was priced at $1.4 million, but they are working on the annex first.

According to Brian Gifford, one of the lead Veregy engineers on the project, the upgrades are about air purification. It will help clear the air when it comes to viruses and COVID, he said.

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