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Energy performance contract before council

Continued funding to implement and monitor energy efficiency improvements in several Glenwood Springs city buildings is up for consideration by city council tonight.

A proposed $1,127,000 additional appropriation for this year would further the goals outlined in the city’s 2009 Climate Action Plan.

Under that plan, the city completed a range of energy efficiency improvements at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. The second phase of the project involved an audit of potential improvements at City Hall, the city fire stations, the Municipal Operations Center, the water treatment plant and for street lights throughout the city.



The proposed improvements are expected to show a payback over 14 years through savings in energy use and other operational savings, according to a memo from city manager Jeff Hecksel.

While the city has the money to implement the various facility improvements this year, Hecksel also noted in the memo that funds are constrained.



“While the city can afford to do this work, it means the council has less discretion in the future as less money is available for other projects,” he wrote.

“The payback on this project is reasonable,” Hecksel added. “If achieving climate action goals is still a priority for the City Council, staff would recommend proceeding ahead with this work.”

Also on the council agenda tonight will be a discussion of discretionary grant funding recommendations, and continued discussion regarding funding of the 4th of July fireworks display.

The regular meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Glenwood Springs City Hall, 101 W. 8th St. Prior to the meeting there will be a pair of work sessions – starting at 5 p.m. – to discuss licensing requirements for medical marijuana establishments and utility rates.


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