Colon Schools debating self serve ice and water dispenser

Members of the Colon Community Schools Board of Education this month will debate the merits of a plan being pitched as a prospective money-maker for the district.
The concept of owning a self-serve ice and water dispenser was discussed during the board’s May meeting. The device would be the first of its kind in Michigan and only the second in the Great Lakes states.
Colon businessman Arden Davidson provided details about the $85,000 machine. He said an ideal location has been eyed on a concrete slab on property the district owns near the Palmer Lake Dam.
Davidson said the water and ice dispenser is a self-contained unit that he would service at no additional cost every six months and on an as-needed basis for the life of the machine. It features filtration and reverse-osmosis systems to ensure a high level of purity.
He said it would be available for use around the clock and comes with a backup generator in the event of a power outage. Davidson said he would work with the district to determine the quantities in which water and ice would sold, and their respective prices.
Arden said the Georgia-based company that produces the machine – its trade name is Kooler Ice – would cover the cost of shipping.

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