Green City Council approves 10-year $ 1.14 million energy efficiency program

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George W. Davis

GREEN – City council on Tuesday approved a 10-year, $ 1.14 million energy retrofit program designed to offset its own costs through efficiency savings.

The package includes LED lighting, automated control systems and the purchase of energy efficient equipment and ionization purification systems for municipal facilities.

The Board approved the 4-2 package, with Barbara Babbitt absent and her colleagues Matt Shaughnessy and Richard Brandenburg dissenting on both the lease-purchase agreement for various energy upgrades and one with Huntington Public Capital Corp. for the financing of the various improvements. As a result, the legislation will only come into force 30 days after being signed by Mayor Gerard Neugebauer.

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Contract details reviewed

Shaughnessy objected to the measure because it was a non-competitive contract, and asked how the administration could be sure that they received the best offer.

He added that he wanted to see the contracts to review the competitive prices.

Director of Services Valerie Wax Carr explained that the city is a member of a national association, which is required to collect the best available prices for the services required and to pass the information on to its members.

“I think we are doing due diligence and that we are not getting ripped off,” she said. And legal director Lisa Dean told Shaughnessy she wouldn’t have signed the contract if it wasn’t legal.

Vice-Chairman Dave France said: “We have done this in the past and I am comfortable with this legislation. He also berated Shaughnessy for not asking his questions until the last minute; the issue has been before the Council since June 22.

Local company Gardiner will oversee the implementation of the efficiency plan

The contract, totaling $ 1.14 million over 10 years, is with Gardiner Service Co., which operates out of Green and Solon. Carr noted that the company provided energy services to the city for several years and guaranteed the savings in writing. She added that the total savings are projected to be $ 945,063 over a 10-year period.

At the July 13 council meeting, Carr said that under the contract with Gardiner, the city’s total savings over 10 years are projected to be $ 945,063. Several board members spoke out in favor of the project after board chairman Rocco Yeargin said he was confident other communities that have had similar programs with Gardiner have received their planned savings or more in contracts. previous ones.

Chief Financial Officer Steven Schmidt said in July that the city will receive $ 2.7 million, or $ 1.35 million each this year and next, as part of the U.S. Rescue Fund program on the basis of the proven loss of $ 2.9 million in gross revenue in 2020.

Schmidt said the deal with Huntington was set at 2.2% interest but could have gone up to 4%.

Another action: the vote on the zoning change is delayed for the planned apartments

Council also chose to delay action on a zoning change request at least until its August 24 meeting for a proposed apartment complex. This plan includes 25.4 acres of single-family residential, general industrial and general commercial land that would be used for a 250-unit apartment complex. Planning director Wayne Wiethe said Vision Development and the landowners had requested the postponement.

George W. Davis can be reached at: [email protected]

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