Upper Arlington City Council unanimously approved a $102,318 contract July 14 with Air Force One Inc. for the purchase and installation of a cooling tower at the Upper Arlington Public Services Department's offices at 4100 Roberts Road.
The project wasn't originally included in the city's 2014 operating budget.
However, it was determined this past spring that the tower is "beyond repair," according to Darryl Hughes, the city's public services director.
"We were not aware of the extent of the deterioration when preparing the budget in the fall of 2013," Hughes said. "(It was discovered) during a preventative maintenance inspection in the spring of 2014."
Hughes said the cooling tower is an integral component of the facility's heating and cooling system. He noted the current tower was installed in 1994 and no longer is optimal due to "age and deterioration."
According to a staff report prepared for council by Hughes, the Air Force One contract was the lowest of four presented to the city through bids.
Three other companies offered bids ranging from $127,600 to $356,800.
Hughes said the new tower is expected to be installed in late September; the facility will continue to operate with the old tower in the meantime.
"The (current) unit is operating with temporary repairs," he said.