Coupeville Town Council OK’d a $14,000 expenditure to replace the furnace at Coupeville Recreation Hall.
The furnace went out recently and the town is currently heating the public meeting location with space heaters.
Mayor Nancy Conard said the town knew it would go out eventually and the council set aside a budgeted $6,000 for replacement when it was needed.
During last week’s regular council meeting Conard told council she went for bid with two vendors and both recommended using a newer duct system.
The current furnace has one heat register near the men’s bathroom that heats the entire space.
Installing an entirely different system, with heat ducts on both sides of the building is more expensive.
A duct system would more effectively heat the hall and it would be able to kept at a higher temperature in the winter, Conard said.
The new system would include a heat pump, and would be quieter than the existing system.
Conard said there are enough areas in the budget where the town underspent to cover the additional cost.
“I think it’s worth doing,” she said.