11/24/2020 EC Minutes
TOWN OF BETHLEHEM
2155 Main Street
Bethlehem, NH 03574
Bethlehem Energy Commission
Tuesday November 24, 2020 6:00pm
Attending: David Van Houten, Bruce Caplain, Melissa Elander, Mary Lou Krambeer
Absent: Mark Koprowski and Dan Crosby
In the event that the board has taken a vote to go forward, we should do a press release with the school (SAU, board, principal).
TO DO: Mary Lou will ask Mark. Next David will talk to school board member about a press release. Fitz and Kim Koprowski
Town solar project
Melissa – we were applying for USDA Rural Development’s new pot of money. There was a USDA meeting today and an announcement that the disaster money was pulled out of their budget on October 1. They expected a return of the funds back into their account hopefully soon and specifically by Dec 31 (if not the grant opportunity is not available). Grant amounts are usually $30-$50k unlike this special $165k opportunity. We will wait and see…
Town hall boilers
David called many people on Friday and requested proposals to look at our options. David received a proposal from both Margaret Dillon and is waiting on a proposal from Resilient Building Group. Proposal from Margaret will do an assessment of options and a cost/benefit analysis without installation costs. CDFA will pay for ¾ of fee. Fee expected at about $4000, cost to Town would be $1000. Bruce said Selectmen would like clear recommendations. We may have to take the consultant reports and go to a second step to get estimates from engineers to spec out various options. Melissa – suggested we apply for the full amount of $6000 to: 1)look at our options and 2)receive a system design from engineers. Expenses in excess of the grant would be picked up by Town with the possibility of a loan.
David — circulate both proposals; all—review proposals and make a recommendation to the Town; Bruce – deliver the recommendation to the Selectboard; apply for the CDFA reimbursement grant (we do draft, then hand it off to Town of Bethlehem to submit through CDFA web portal)
Next meeting date: Mary Lou will circulate possible meeting dates in January.
Meeting adjourned at 6:28pm. Minutes by Mary Lou.