A/C, heat now operating in city's blue gym

By ED HOWELL
Posted 8/9/17

Daily Mountain Eagle

CARBON HILL - Carbon Hill Mark Chambers said Monday night that air conditioning and heating are now working in the city’s Blue Gym, and he is wanting to make a number of other improvements at the facility.

The work was …

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A/C, heat now operating in city's blue gym

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Daily Mountain Eagle

CARBON HILL - Carbon Hill Mark Chambers said Monday night that air conditioning and heating are now working in the city’s Blue Gym, and he is wanting to make a number of other improvements at the facility.

The work was made at the old Carbon Hill High School gym, which the city is hoping to make the centerpiece of a recreational park. The gym sits next to the city’s splash pad. Both the splash pad and the city’s swimming pool will close the summer season out after Saturday.

The mayor said on Facebook the work was completed by July 31, when a test was run. “We ran it for 30 mintues today and you could feel a big difference when you walked in,” he said at the time in his posting.

“Steve Mitchell is working on putting the gas heat back inside, because it will be cheaper to run compared to electrical heat,” Chambers said after Monday’s meeting of the Carbon Hill City Council. “Right now, we have the heat pumps working, the a/c and heat both.”

However, as large as the facility is, it would be more practical to run the gas, using the electrical for the cooling, instead.

“On a 20-degree day, what we have got running right now will warm it to 60 degrees in there. So we need a little extra in there, and that gas will be a lot cheaper to operate than the electrical,” he said.

As soon as that work is done, crews will move into the gym’s concession area in the front lobby area to work on the heating and cooling in there, he said.

The recent work has now made the gym — which had once been subject to extreme temperatures — more bearable for youth and adults to play basketball in the summer, the mayor said.

“You can go in there now, and it is about 70 degrees,” he said.

He noted the council that night agreed to purchase five game basketballs for $50 each and three basketball nets for the gym at $7 each.

“Probably at the next meeting (moved to Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 6 p.m.), we’ll set Greg Edwards (as the gym’s director) up with a schedule to where it is open certain times and we can compensate him for being there.” He said an office might be set up for him there, which would also help prevent vandalism at the facility.

Chambers noted that part of the front of the building has plywood covering doors and windows. “I want to put new store fronts in the front where it looks good,” he said.

Lettering on the front, noting it was the old high school gym, was renovated.

“Bill Hurst took that upon himself,” the mayor said. “He came over there and took a ladder and took all of them down. He sanded them, painted them and put them back ... He not only spent two days doing it, he bought the paint and everything.”

A recent work day by Desperation Church and local volunteers was successful, taking down overgrowth and cleaning the inside of the gym.

“It looks great. Inside, it smells good. When we first went up there, there was black mold going up the wall 6 feet high. We sprayed probably 50 gallons of bleach in there,” Chambers said. “We came back a week later and wiped (the walls) down, after it killed (the mold). You could taste it in your mouth when you walked in there.” 

Leaks were found on the roof where tin blew off, but the mayor make sure the tin was replaced and the leaks were repaired, he said. As for the ceiling, which had become torn in places over the main floor, Chambers said planned to go to Montgomery that week to get all-new ceiling tiles for that area. At the state surplus facility, “I happened to see thousands of those ceiling tiles, brand new, stacked in a box. We’re going to get them for nearly nothing down there,” he said.

Attendance is still doing well, as he saw maybe about 45 people playing basketball recently.