Town Council approves $900,000 bond for Phase II, energy efficiency in schools
Published 10:00 am, Wednesday, December 28, 2011
The New Canaan Town Council unanimously approved a 15-year, $900,000 bond resolution Wednesday night for Phase II of the Energy Efficiency program, which will issue upgrades for boilers, chillers, lighting and roofs in several of the town's schools.
New Canaan High School will receive a lighting upgrade for $348,550, the rooftop chillers on East, South and West elementary schools will be replaced for $467,160, and an additional 11 percent contingency will sum to the $900,000 bond resolution.
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"We've already completed the first phase of the project, and this is the second phase that we see worth going after," Conrad said.
Phase I was approved for a $1.8 million bond resolution in August 2009 that dealt with similar issues concerning building automation, boiler room upgrades and lighting upgrades.
Council member Roger Williams, who voted for the bond resolution, acted as the financial conscience of the council.
"This is a whole lot of money," Williams said. "This is just under $1 million. We may find other pressing needs for $1 million."
"It makes sense to me that we move forward with this project at this time," Willoughby said, adding that the rooftop chillers on the three elementary schools are currently failing.
"Possibly, in the next two or three years, we were going to be fixing these units, replacing them," he said.
Conrad told the council that Connecticut Light and Power has promised several rebates. In the Board of Finance meeting Dec. 13, in which the board approved the bond, he said CL&P promised $81,444 in rebates, as well as a possible $200,000 after the project is completed.
"You'll get a bigger rebate for the bigger saving items, so the attractive piece to this was the high school," Conrad said.
Williams asked, "If this were delayed for three months or so, would that have any impact on the rebates or CL&P?"
"It must be completed by May 31," Willoughby said.