Newton Kansan

The Harvey County Commission accepted a bid proposal to buy four new vehicles for the sheriff's department and heard a preliminary presentation by an engineering firm, looking at rennovating the courthouse.

Harvey County Undersheriff Todd Hanchett opened the three bids that were marked as having been received by the county administration office by 5 p.m. last Friday, Jan. 24.

Hancett opted to take the low bid, received from Rusty Eck Ford, which came out to $89,415.24 with the four vehicles the sheriff department traded in. The department will purchase four new 2014 Ford Police Interceptors/Utility vehicles.

Commissioners approved the purchase 3-0.

Representatives from 360 Energy Engineering, an energy firm based in Lawrence, Kan., talked to commissioners about possible design systems for increasing energy efficiency with the HVAC (heating ventilation and air conditioning) system at the Harvey County courthouse.

The engineers discussed two options, along with their pros and cons: a hybrid water source heat pump (WSHP) and a hybrid ground source heat pump (GSHP). The WSHP system would be cheaper to install, but there would be higher utility and maintenance costs. Engineers maintained the GSHP system, with lower utility and maintenance costs, would be cheaper in the long run.

Both systems would last for around 30 years, commissioners were told.

No action was taken on the information 360 Engineers presented.

In other business:

Parks director Kim Rowley asked the commission if she could use funds from $10,000 that was marked for other capital improvement projects and put it towards buying new playground equipment at West Park. Commissioners gave her authorization. Rowley said she is hoping to get grant money for the park equipment.

Lynnette Redington, Harvey County Health Dept. director, said the health department, Health Ministries and Prairie View should start moving into their new location in about two weeks. Redington also said she is looking to hire an assistant director.