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& COOLING BASSETT'S MECHANICAL INC. 313 S. Spring St. - Mt. Pulaski 24 HOUR SERVICE Plumbing - Installation, Replacement & Repair Residential - Commercial Heating - Air Conditioning Products Emergency Service Trained Technicians Sheet Metal Fabrication Preventative Maintenance Service All Makes & Models Indoor Air Quality Specialists Extended Service Agreements Equipment Retrofit & Replacement Extended Warranties on New Equipment TiP - GENERAC Generators Offer power protection for your home or business, available in 8kw to 20kw versions, i Automatic, reliable power sourcefor resi- dential or commercial use You never have to go without power. OHVI Engine is among the longest lasting generators on the market today. Simple installation and maintenance, with convenient packaging and mounting. Smooth, steady supply of power, with quiet operation to ensure minimal discomfort. Standby Power Generators can help main- tain your comfort and a relatively normal life during power outages by supplying a totally automatic backup power source to your home. When the power from your utility company goes out, the standby power generator auto- matically turns on, whether you're home or not, and automatically shuts off when power is restored. Cont'd From Front Page Back to Dave's day job Dave is supervisor of this project. He said all four exterior court- house walls need attention. After discussing with everyone involved, he said the back wall (east side - faces City Hall) suffers most from weather. Exterior back wall will be repaired, but there will be work on the interior back wall too. Dave and Tom said once all repairs are done they will wait two years to see if there's success. W'dl the outside brick wail resist the weather? Will the interior back wall finally hold plaster and paint? If these two questions are answered with an OK, further work pro- ceeds. Before work :starts (spring 2018) planning takes place. Financial breakdown: Cost of work, $150,000; Courthouse Foundation will take $75,000 from existing funds; Fundraising plans are to add the remaining $75,000 by April 30, 2018. The Work Explained By Dave Leonatti The back wail evaluation includes the cur- rent paint on the wall and state of mortar and bricks. Appearance includes results of water infil- tration that also impacts interior wall. All paint will be stripped from the exterior wall, damaged bricks replaced by appropriate bricks (by the way originally manufactured in Mt. Pulaski). Dave said a challenge is finding proper age appearance replacement bricks. Paint or not to paint - Dave said a success- ful clear coat exists to give the natural 1848 appearance that allows moisture to migrate out of building. Tom Martin commented a survey taken found 70% of people favor natu- ral brick appearance. Dave commented a 1994 renovation is a foundation trench that successfully moves water away from foundation. Notes Christmas Tree Auction is this year. Entries display is at courthouse during November Christmas on Vinegar Hill. Spring Gala fundraiser is "in works." Project plans to be finalized-approved by - Mr. Pulaski Courthouse Foundation, Capi- tal Development Board, and Department of Natural Resources. All Photos - Mt. Pulaski Times 4 The effect of Leonatti points out how water has gotten behind the red painted surface; freezing and expanding over the years, weak- ening bricks and mortar. The importance of matching the 1848 brick when repairing; brick on left is original. Brick on right was a repair t one time with brick, but not correct period appearance. An area of the wall reflects history - origi- nal brick, a white wash or white paint, and familiar red paint. Over-all failure of paint and bricks that appears on all four exterior courthouse walls. Mt Putaski Courthouse Foundation HOSTINfi (HIIlSTHAS TIE AUL'TION Friday December 1 Individuals and businesses interested in decorating a tree for the auction contact Jamie Jones (309-370-7253 or jones83 Several tree sizes are available on first come first serve basis. Trees must be turned in, no later than November 4. If using your own tree, it must be 4-foot or smaller. Auction proceeds will be used for res- toration/repairs to the Courthouse as well as sponsoring community events. As always, the Foundation thanks you for your continued support.