Rogersville seeks energy savings advice from Siemens

Jeff Bobo • Jun 14, 2013 at 12:19 AM

ROGERSVILLE — Siemens will conduct an energy audit on municipal facilities within the city of Rogersville and make recommendations to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen on ways it can cut energy costs.

Tuesday evening, the BMA approved an agreement with Siemens to perform the energy audit, which is free of charge.

City Attorney Bill Phillips told the BMA that Siemens will bring the energy audit back to the board with recommendations showing where energy savings are possible in every municipal department.

“Then if you elect to go with their program, that’s when their fee will be charged,” Phillips said Tuesday. “But their fee will be paid by the first year’s energy savings alone.”

Phillips said the Siemens report is expected to be completed and returned to the BMA in 60 to 90 days.

“It will be very thorough,” Phillips said. “They’ll go to every department. They’ll look at the electrical costs. They’ll look at the operations of the water department. They’ll look at everything and determine where we can save energy and save money.”

In other business Tuesday, the BMA:

• Approved the first reading of its proposed $5.4 million budget for 2013-14.

Based on the proposed figures, Rogersville would end the 2013-14 fiscal year with a reserve fund of about $2.2 million.

Under the proposal, the city’s property tax rate would remain at the current level of $1.67 per $100 of assessed value.

The BMA will meet in special session June 18 and June 25 at 4 p.m. each time to consider the second, and third and final readings of the budget.

• Agreed to authorize a $350,000 capital outlay note for the purchase of new equipment, including a new garbage truck, leaf vacuum and pickup for the streets department; two industrial-size mowers for the parks and recreation department; three or four fully equipped new patrol cars; and new bulletproof vests for the police department.

• Agreed to hold its July regular monthly meeting on Monday, July 1 at 10 a.m., at which time there will be a swearing-in ceremony for the reelected and newly elected BMA members from the June 1 election.

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