Boys and Girls Club New Air Conditioning Units Put on Hold 9/4/13
CBS 7 News
September 4, 2013
Odessa, TX - The Odessa boys and girls clubs have been working for months to raise enough money for new air conditioning units. They achieved their goal but there's still no cool air.
It’s been another hot west Texas day and inside the Odessa boys and girls club there wasn't much of a difference.
The kitchen is also feeling the heat just ask the head cook Debora Bledsoe.
“I’ll be sweating from head to toe,” she said, “its like 106° in here every morning working and cooking for 385 kids.”
If you look up you'll see brand-new $80,000 central air condition units. Enough to cool six homes yet none of them are being used.
Right next to the new units are swamp coolers blowing full blast.
“These are all swamp coolers and it's 84°,” said Executive Director David Chancellor who says it’s like having a brand new shiny toy, which you can't play with.
He says they need a larger transformer to supply power for this many units, but the club has been on a waiting list with ONCOR electric for the past month.
“People have called asking about what's the status of the air-conditioning that they help donate to and it's already to fire up soon as ONCOR gets out here,” Chancellor said.
ONCOR officials say they are trying to keep up with the demand in West Texas.
All the new construction requires different power sources and it's first come first served.
So for now Bledsoe and the students will have to bare the heat for least one more month.
“I love kids that's why still do it,” she said.
“It’ll almost be fall,” Chancellor said, “but then we can turn on the central heat.”
Chancellor says he's grateful for all the donations and help to get the system in place, but like many of their kids no one likes playing the waiting game.
The units in the boys and girls club in Midland are already up and running and the club is expecting Odessa’s work to be done before November.