County considers energy project

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton County is considering a $1.8 million countywide energy conservation project that could save taxpayers more than $180,000 per year.

The project is being considered as a 2014 capital project through the county Highways and Facilities Department.

The Board of Supervisors’ Capital Projects Committee meets at 10:30 a.m. July 8 at the County Office Building to consider the project.

Highways and Facilities Department Superintendent Mark Yost presented the energy-savings project – as well as other proposed capital projects – to the Board of Supervisors’ Buildings and Grounds-Highway Committee Monday at the County Office Building.

Yost said his top capital priority for 2014 is the countywide energy conservation project. The county has discussed for years the possible need to upgrade existing energy and conserve energy at its facilities.

“This would be a new project,” he said.

The effort entails installation of energy conservation equipment in buildings throughout the county. It is expected to cost $1.8 million, with a $1.55 million county share and $250,000 in possible revenue from either National Grid or the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

“I don’t know if there’s any money coming our way or not,” he said.

Yost said the project may save the county about $135,000 annually.

He said the county is looking at solar energy and other forms of insulation to preserve more energy.

The county now needs a request for proposal developed soon for an energy services company, Yost said. His department’s vendor doesn’t have an analysis of the county’s energy needs done yet.

“Next month, I will come back with a tabulation for a lighting project,” he said.

Yost’s second priority for 2014 capital projects – on the facilities part of his budget – is a proposed $161,300 roof project at the Department of Social Services’ Cooper Building on Daisy Lane in Johnstown. He said the county would pay the full share to replace the roof, which is currently out of warranty. The current rubber roof is shrinking, he said.

“The roof at DSS was built in 1991,” Yost said.

The third priority is a proposed $250,000 capital project to renovate both the Fort Johnstown Annex on East Madison Street and the County Courthouse at West Main and North William streets.

Renovations may include roof work, painting and installation of doors.

Revenue for that project is expected to total $187,500 and the county share would be $62,500.