OREGON COUNTY -- Elected officials and workers in their offices will not have to worry about cold, damp air filtering through the windows in the courthouse this winter because the windows have been replaced with new, energy efficient windows.
The old windows in the courthouse had been in place since the building was constructed in the early 1940s.
Presiding Commissioner Leo Warren said the windows have been in need of being replaced for some time and the commission voted unanimously last year to replace the windows.
Bids were received from Rozell Siding and Window in Springfield, Specialty Building Products of St. Louis, Highland Windows of Highland, Ark., and Terry Cline Construction of Alton.
Warren said Terry Cline Construction was the lowest bid on the project, coming in at $44,764. The highest bid received was $65,000.
"We replaced 92 windows in the courthouse this past winter and spring," Cline said. He said the windows are Heartland 700 Series double hung energy windows. "The new windows are very energy efficient and are filled with argon," Cline said.
He said the courthouse should see a savings on its energy bill this winter of 22 to 28 percent. Cline said he presented an energy savings estimate when he presented his bid last year.
"The energy saving aspect of the new windows was one reason we (the commission) felt like new windows were a needed project. Energy prices are going up just like everything else," Warren said.
Warren said Cline and his crew did a good job on the windows. "We were pleased the low bid went to someone local. If there is a problem, and we don't expect any, Terry will be easy for us to contact," he said. Warren said the commission always tries to hire local workers when projects need to be done at the courthouse.
"We had some complaints from workers about the draft the windows allowed in the courthouse. The old windows were not insulated. They were just single pane. Some of them did not even latch correctly," Warren said.
He said some of windows were not in the best of shape after they were removed and they were not re-useable.
The commission voted to give the old windows to the Oregon County Sheltered Workshop.