MARINETTE — The proposed long-awaited repairs to correct the dehumidification problems in the UW-Marinette Field House, which houses the River Cities Community Pool, finally got the go-ahead to proceed Tuesday.

The County Board of Supervisors voted unaminously to enter into an agreement with Johnson Controls Inc. for “Option 1B” to be done at a cost of $377,370, pending approval from the corporation counsel.

Supervisor Mike Behnke made the motion to approve the agreement with the second by Supervisor Gilbert Engel. Both are members of the Building and Property Committee, which voted last week to make the recommendation approved by the board.

Facilities Director Marty Keyport explained that he “basically gave two options” for the work, both of which included replacement of the aging and corroded Dectron dehumidification unit.

“Option 1B includes the Dectron unit, an exterior mounted condensing unit that will also provide us with additional air conditioning abilities,” he explained. “The humidity in that space there sometimes during the year can get a little out of control.

“Option 1B also gives us the opportunity to replace two aging gas-fired heaters — one make-up heater and one lockerroom heater. We’ve got a small room with two aging and corroded gas-fired appliances running in there which is not a great environment.”

He said the other option he previously presented would have included replacement of the Dectron “with the exact same unit and leave everything else as is.”

“Which would have been somewhat of a stopgap and we seem to have been doing that in that particular building for quite a number of years,” Keyport said.

Supervisor Fred Meintz asked how Johnson Controls’ bid, the only one submitted for the project, compared to the estimated cost for the project.

“We came in lower than anticipated,” Keyport said. “In the 2016 CIP (capital improvement plan) we had $425,000 aside for the pool and field house for dehumidification and also for the HVAC replacement or Dectron replacement as it has commonly been referred to here.”

The proposal submitted by Johnson Controls that was presented last Thursday to the Building and Property Committee said the work included in the bid would include replacement of the existing Dectron unit that recycles heat back to the pool, significant upgrade to and replacement of equipment in the pool mechanical room, augmenting the existing boiler bank with the a new condensing-type boiler, provide proper intake and exhaust air in the pool mechanical room where chemicals are stored and retrofit existing pneumatic controls with a new direct digital control system.

Keyport told the committee last week that the next step after the county board’s acceptance of Johnson Controls’ bid would be to meet with representatives of the River Cities Community Pool Association to determine the best time for the project to be done, which he is hopeful will be before fall.

“Johnson Controls, as soon as it gets approval, it’s going to lay out an implementation schedule,” he told the committee. “Then we can sit down with the stakeholders at the River Cities Pool to look at what is the best window because we will have to shut down the pool for a couple of weeks and we want to minimize the impact on them during a busy time of the year for them.”

“We have to get the project done and the longer it’s (the Dectron unit) running the more money it is costing us and there is more chance of breakdown or failure. I want to work with the pertinent stakeholder to make sure we can at least keep everybody with a grin on their face.”