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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 25, 2014

Second energy audit to save more city funds

By LACEY JACOBS, Ledger staff writer | Feb 10, 2010

A second audit of energy consumption at Fairfield Waterworks Plant, Fairfield Waste Water Treatment Plant and Roosevelt Community Recreation Center — three of Fairfield’s biggest city-owned energy hogs — is expected to detail additional efficiency upgrades.

The new audit is one of the first steps in implementing a plan already expected to save the city more than $92,000 annually. Fairfield has roughly $480,000 earmarked for the work, including a $162,000 federal grant from the Iowa Office of Energy Independence.

The Fairfield City Council Environmental and Franchise Utilities Committee met with department heads Monday to review the plan and assess their readiness to move forward. Committee chairman Michael Halley needs to present the office of energy independence with a definitive timeline to complete the work by the end of next year.

Although three city buildings need to undergo a more thorough audit, the Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield Public Works Department, Fairfield City Hall and Fairfield Fire Department are all set to proceed with upgrades previously identified. The Fairfield Police Department’s involvement in the project is questionable at this time because it is housed in a facility shared with the county.

The department heads were cautioned against starting projects until everything has been cleared with the state office. Fairfield’s sustainability coordinator Scott Timm explained a lot of strings are attached to the federal money, including guidelines to buy American, complete environmental impact and historic preservation studies and pay a prevailing wage.

For the complete article, see the Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, printed edition of The Fairfield Ledger.

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