Thursday, November 5, 2020

New air cleaner OK’d

Visitors to the Westland Senior Center will be able to take a deep breath of fresh air beginning early next year.

Members of the Westland City Council recently awarded a bid for a state-of-the-art heating, cooling, ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HCVAC) Pathogen Mitigation project which will eliminate airborne viruses at the senior center on Newburgh Road.

This is the same technology used in hospitals for many years to address swine flu, SARS, MERS and other infectious diseases, officials noted.

Members of the council accepted the recommendation of the city administration recommendation to award the contract to the lowest responsive vendor, Climate Technology Mechanical LC, at a total expense not to exceed $72,174. The project will be funded through the annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) allocation in the city.

"In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is vitally important we invest in improvements to increase safety measures, particularly for our seniors, who are the most vulnerable to suffering severe effects from contracting the disease," commented Mayor William R. Wild. 

In discussion with city contractors, the project is expected to be completed by Jan. 1, 2021, officials said.