Moffat County Commission moving forward with energy efficiency building improvements |

Moffat County Commission moving forward with energy efficiency building improvements

Scott Schlaufman

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers said some of the county's buildings are starting to show their age.

"Dollar-wise, we're not in any shape to build a new building, so we've got to take care of the buildings we have," Mathers said.

At Tuesday's regular Moffat County Commission meeting, the commission authorized Aurora-based Ennovate Corporation to draft a contract for improvements that will increase energy efficiency in 13 county-owned buildings.

The authorization came after a presentation by Ennovate on the county's final technical energy audit. Commissioner Audrey Danner was absent from the meeting.

Mathers said the commission would approve the contract before any work begins.

The buildings slated for improvement in the project include the Moffat County Courthouse, public safety center, social services, all three branches of the Moffat County Libraries Museum of Northwest Colorado, courthouse annex, ice arena, the Moffat County Fairgrounds and its maintenance building, the Moffat County Road and Bridge Department and the Dinosaur Welcome Center.

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The work is expected to cost about $570,000, county budget analyst Tinneal Gerber said. She said the county hasn't incurred any costs so far.

Ennovate energy engineer Blake Calderwood said the annual savings on utilities would allow the county to earn its money back in 11 years.

Mathers said the county will finance the project to avoid high interest payments.

"Because we got some (mineral) lease dollars in, we would rather spend our own money and pay us back into our capital fund off of our savings every year, rather than have (Ennovate) do the whole thing and finance it," Mathers said.

Among the larger costs of the project is lighting upgrades for all the buildings, which is expected to cost about $334,367. Additionally, weatherization of the buildings will cost an estimated $117,870.

The final cost will also include other measures, including the installation of programmable thermostats and making sure existing thermostats are programmed correctly in all buildings except the museum and courthouse. Occupancy sensors will also be installed in each building except the fairgrounds maintenance building.

To save money, the commission elected not to pursue new windows in the Moffat County Courthouse as part of the project. According to the presentation, the windows would have added about $262,000 to the total cost.

Mathers said the decision was made because of both cost and priority.

"That was actually the lowest on the totem pole for energy savings," Mathers said.

Mathers said he expects the contract back for approval within several weeks, although he was unsure when work on the project would begin.

"In one month they'll be at the point to where they're putting bid packages out," he said. "From that point, I can't tell you."

Mathers said he expects the work to be done by the end of the summer, should the project move forward.

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In other news

At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Moffat County Commission:

• Approved, 2-0, an A/P warrant resolution.

• Approved, 2-0, a payroll warrant resolution.

• Approved, 2-0, an Office of Emergency Management EMPG quarterly reimbursement report.

• Approved, 2-0, a road maintenance agreement from the Bureau of Land Management.

• Approved, 2-0, a contract for tree removal and cleanup in Loudy-Simpson Park.

— Note: Commissioner Audrey Danner was absent.