ENERGY IN THE TOWN OF FRANKLIN
ENERGY COMMITTEE REPORT, MARCH 2, 2023
CLIMATE SMART COMMUNITIES (CSC)
- Councilman Jarvis has been working with ANCA circuit rider Carlie Leary on drafting letter and newsletter article to recruit interested volunteers to form a citizen Task Force. The task force would prepare research and background work and report to the town board regarding energy actions.
- Carlie will soon begin a greenhouse gas emissions inventory of town’s facilities, including meeting with clerk Lauren obtain recent fossil fuel use and costs.
VERMONTVILLE TOWN HALL
- Documents and Preparations for April 12 board meeting discussion
-In addition to energy, there are a number of related issues and needs that require development of a comprehensive, phased capital improvement plan.
- Issues & Needs: space allocation (offices for clerk, supervisor, judge, code officer, assessor), record storage, small kitchen/break room, rest room upgrade, public meeting space, town court, ADA requirements, septic system, roof replacement; reality of DASNY & Court grants; Financing Options including grants, updated cost estimates; board & town support
-To plan saving and reducing energy use and to plan to transition to clean energy sources, I have attached the following documents to get the board thinking:
a) Harry Gordon (volunteer architect) report on December meeting discussing the town hall;
b) Don Hamm’s 3-16-20 list of exterior improvements and O’Neil estimate for the DASNY grant if redirected,
c) scaled plan of existing town hall facilities.
-board committee, assisted by expert volunteers ( same as CSC task force?) and select professional advisors
AUTHORIZATION FOR HIRING ENERGY AUDIT
Per Harry Gordon’s and Nancy Bernstein’s recommendations, and given current high demand for energy services, I seek town board authorization to hire Adirondack Efficiency, Jennifer Monroe. This professional service is to conduct an energy audit of the town hall, including evaluation of current insulation, thermal imaging to identify heat loses, test combustion appliances, blower door test to determine air leaks and exchanges, "manual J" study to determine heat pump specifications, and report on above with recommendations for building envelope improvements, including cost estimates and estimated savings of each recommendation. Written specifications and estimate attached, dated Feb. 28, 2023. Due to demand for services, study and report would be done in May 2023.
Authorize $550 and get on schedule.
Town of Franklin