Pride Group's residential care facility on Highway 3 will soon have 12 new windows.
The Plymouth County Supervisors Tuesday approved purchasing aluminum commercial-grade double-hung windows for $11,980 from Stratmeier's Home Improvement and Construction Center, Le Mars.
Local Option Sales Tax dollars will pay for the windows because the care facility building is owned by the county. Pride Group leases the building.
The new windows will replace 12 old ones in a residential portion of the building above the garage, said Mike Porter, Pride Group CEO.
The supervisors discussed the pros and cons of purchasing commercial-grade versus residential-grade windows, which cost less, for the area.
"I see this being a commercial-grade building," Porter said. "It has commercial-grade doors."
Supervisor Craig Anderson thought having commercial-grade windows would, in the long run, be more of a cost savings.
"These windows will outlast all of us," he said.
Initially, Supervisor Don Kass was in favor of residential-grade windows because he was uncertain about how much wear and tear the windows would get.
Porter said there is no air conditioning in the garage living space and that the windows would be opened on a regular basis throughout the summer.
The supervisors voted unanimously to purchase the commercial-grade windows from Stratmeier, which provided the lowest of three quotes for the project.
Porter suggested it would be a good idea for the supervisors to consider replacing other windows at the care facility on a regular basis.
Some of the windows are the original ones from when the facility was built in 1951.
In other business the supervisors:
* Learned the board member who gets the most money during the Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser hosted by county employees through October, will "kiss a pig" at the 9:30 a.m. start of next Tuesday's board meeting.
* Decided to review the possibility of raising the county's auto insurance deductible to $1,000 for both comprehensive and collision coverage with Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo. That decision resulted from a deductible study to discover any cost savings the county might realize.