Keeping the Rock Island County Justice Center Cool

The Public Building Commission is helping the county buy a new A/C unit

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - For over two weeks fans have been decorating hallways and rooms in the Rock Island County Jail and Justice Center.  

Sheriff Gerry Bustos says right before the fourth of July holiday, the air conditioning unit stopped working. 

After six days of repairs the unit is working, but not at the capacity that it should creating many problems. 

"We had all that rain and it was hot and real humid, is that where we're standing right now the floors were wet and the air-conditioning wouldn't take the humidity out of the air, so these floors were wet for over 48 hours," says Bustos.  

Bustos says they've paid more than $100,000 in repairs over the years, and it's time for a new unit.

After sending out bids, he was able to order a unit at a lower cost than expected.

The only problem was due to budget cuts, he didn't have the funds to pay for it. 

"The one that we awarded the purchase to is $112,000. It's still a lot of money when you don't have it," says Bustos.  

On Thursday the Rock Island County Public Building Commission approved to loan the jail $120,000 towards a new air conditioning system. 

"We had money in our operating funds to loan those people the money to get the air-conditioning fixed and they're going to repay us at the end of the year," says Dick Fisher.  

Chairman Dick Fisher says it's a win win for everybody.

"You look across the street at all these parking lots and they'll be full most of the time during the day, with citizens and lawyers that do business in these buildings," says Fisher.  

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