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Air-conditioning repairs at Westmoreland Manor approved

| Thursday, June 13, 2013, 7:42 p.m.

Westmoreland County commissioners said repairs to the fire-damaged air-conditioning unit at Westmoreland Manor will be completed this summer — no matter the cost.

On Thursday, commissioners approved an emergency resolution to pay for the repairs and rent a temporary unit to keep the county-owned nursing home cool this summer.

Cost estimates for the repairs and rentals were not available.

“Regardless of the cost, we have residents down there, so we had to make the necessary repairs,” said Commissioner Tyler Courtney.

Commissioner Charles Anderson said insurance is expected to pay for most of the repairs.

A fire on May 30 erupted when a water hose to the chiller unit dislodged.

The basement fire was quickly extinguished, and the more than 400 residents did not have to be evacuated.

That same day, county officials rented an air-conditioning unit from Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co. in Hunker that has been in place since the fire.

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