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November 5, 2012

Plaistow court to close for upgrades

New $24,600 climate-control system to be installed

PLAISTOW — The days of cooling all of 10th Circuit Court in Plaistow with noisy, power-hungry air conditioners will soon be over.

The courthouse on Elm Street will be closed next week as the town carries out a $24,600 project to replace the building’s heating and cooling systems with a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.

Right now, the courthouse is heated with a natural gas furnace on the first floor and an old electrical heating system on the second floor. During the summer, air conditioners blast cool air into each individual room, including the courtroom itself, according to Dave Dowles, Plaistow’s building maintenance supervisor.

The project will replace all of that with a natural gas furnace and central air system covering both floors. A utility room will also be created on the second floor to distribute the hot and cold air, Dowles said.

The court serves Atkinson, Danville, Hampstead, Kingston, Newton and Plaistow. The building is owned by the town, but the space is rented by the state.

Town Manager Sean Fitzgerald said the upgrade will save the town money in energy costs over time, though how much has not yet been determined.

Court clerk Terry McCafferty said she’s looking forward to having “a consistent temperature” throughout the entire building.

“It’s unregulated. The temperature can fluctuate,” McCafferty said. “It’s very cold in many parts of the building. It can be very hot.”

All state courts will be closed Monday in observance of Veterans Day. For Tuesday through Friday, all business usually conducted in Plaistow will be redirected to the Salem court on Geremonty Drive, according to McCafferty.

There were no cases scheduled to go before the court in Plaistow next week. All Plaistow employees will work out of 10th Circuit Court in Salem during construction.

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