By Vinde Wells
After months of service calls, the Polo City Hall will soon have a new heating and air conditioning system.
The city council approved a bid Feb. 21 from Gaul’s Climate Control, Polo, for $5,042 to install a Carrier furnace and air conditioner for the building.
The council also received a bid from Saunders Plumbing & Heating, Polo, for $5,244 for a Heil furnace and air conditioner, but accepted the lower offer.
City Clerk Susie Corbitt said the current aging system has required an increasing number of service calls over the past couple of years.
In another matter, after a new appraisal, the council agreed to sell Randy Gaul, Polo, the property at 104 W. Savanna St. for his bid of $3,301.
The council rejected Gaul’s bid on Jan. 3 as too low to meet state requirements.
The property, where the old water tower was located, had been appraised at $7,500.
City Attorney Tom Suits said then that state statutes require that city property cannot be sold for less than 80 percent of the appraised value, which means the price had to be at least $6,000.
However, after discovering a water main runs under the property, the council asked for a new appraisal.
The appraiser was not aware of the main when he originally set the value.
Having a main running under the property limits what the owner can do with it, and so diminishes the value.
The new appraisal came in at $3,500.
An easement agreement is now necessary because of the main.
The round, red-topped tower, built in the 1940s, was removed last May.
It was no longer in use, having been replaced with a new, larger one in 2005.