TOPEKA – In a unique partnership this year, the City of Topeka and McElroy’s Plumbing, Electrical, Heating and Air will give away fans and small window air-conditioning units to qualifying Topekans through the City’s Project Neighborhood Heat Relief. This summer’s event on Friday, June 3 is an opportunity for the City to help seniors and persons with disabilities find relief from the summer heat. This is the sixth year for the program and the first time a private business has stepped up to co-sponsor.
“We wanted to find a way to celebrate our 60th year in business in the Topeka community in a meaningful way,” said Jerry McElroy, chairman of the board for McElroy’s. “Homer McElroy started the business in 1951 with a focus on heating and air service, and we thought Project Neighborhood Heat Relief was the perfect avenue for us to celebrate the tremendous years McElroy’s has enjoyed in the Topeka community.”
To qualify, a person must be a Topeka resident at least 55 years of age or have a disability and have an annual income of $25,860 or less for a one-person household. Two-person households must have an annual income of $29,520 or less; three-person households, $33,240 or less; and four-person households, $36,900 or less.
Those applying must provide proof of household income, Social Security card and photo identification. Those with a disability must provide documentation of the disability, such as a letter from a doctor or documentation from Social Security. “During these uncertain economic times, it’s gratifying to have a private business come to us and want to help by providing matching funds for the fans and small air-conditioning units,” said Randy Speaker, deputy city manager.
“Sponsorship of the 2011 Project Neighborhood Heat Relief by a private business creates a public/private partnership that allows the City to provide more units using fewer tax dollars.”
The fans and window AC units can be picked up today, Friday, June 3rd from 1:00 to 4:00 at the Holliday Building, 620 S.E. Madison, first floor. The City plans on distributing about 100 fans and 100 window air conditioners to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information call 785-368-3711.
Celebrating their 60th year in business, McElroy’s, Inc. has provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing services to residential and commercial clients throughout northeast Kansas, including Topeka, Manhattan and Lawrence.