Highland County explores energy savings


County explores systems savings

By Angela Shepherd - [email protected]



From right, Plug Smart CEO Richard Housh, president David Zehala and engineering team leader Jarrett Kelley are pictured during their presentation to commissioners on Wednesday.


Possible energy savings for the county was the subject of a presentation to the Highland County Board of Commissioners by Plug Smart, an Ohio-based energy services firm that for the last several weeks has been evaluating the county’s buildings and energy systems.

On Wednesday company representatives said their weeks-long evaluation had included going through all of the county buildings, a three-year look back into the county’s energy bills, an inventory of all of the energy systems, and data logging of those systems over the past few weeks.

The company has been looking at everything to do with the county’s energy consumption with the goal of coming up with a plan to implement projects that would not only save the county money, but that would also pay for themselves over a period of time due to the savings the improvements would provide. It is what the Plug Smart representatives on Wednesday called “self-financing” projects.

Previously, commission president Shane Wilkin said that if the projected savings don’t occur, the company that implemented the projects would make up the difference. Commissioners will take time to review the information presented before deciding on what areas to have Plug Smart focus.

In other business, bids were opened for two Community Development Block Grant projects in Hillsboro. For work on South East Street for storm sewer upgrades and curbing, Unger Construction submitted a bid for $337,075, and Distel Construction submitted a bid for $294,302. For continuing curbing work on South High Street, Distel Construction submitted a bid for $48,080. The bid packages will be reviewed by engineering firm Stantec.

Commissioners have received a correspondence in regard to a request to transfer a liquor license for the Breakers Sports Bar on North Shore Drive at Rocky Fork Lake. According to commissioners, the license is the same as when Breakers was in business prior to last year’s fire, and the license would just transfer ownership.

Any objections to the license transfer should be made known to commissioners, 937-393-1911, or to Paint Township Trustees.

The Highland County Board of Commissioners meets each Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. on the second floor of the county administration building, 119 Governor Foraker Pl., Hillsboro. The meetings are open to the public.

Reach Angela Shepherd at 937-393-3456, ext. 1681, or on Twitter @wordyshepherd.

From right, Plug Smart CEO Richard Housh, president David Zehala and engineering team leader Jarrett Kelley are pictured during their presentation to commissioners on Wednesday.
http://timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_PlugSmart.jpgFrom right, Plug Smart CEO Richard Housh, president David Zehala and engineering team leader Jarrett Kelley are pictured during their presentation to commissioners on Wednesday.
County explores systems savings

By Angela Shepherd

[email protected]

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