The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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October 25, 2013

Energy use efficient in Orleans County

Medina Journal-Register — Several years ago, rather than build a new multi-milliion dollar jail facility, the Orleans County Legislature upgraded and updated the existing facility. On Wednesday, Wendell Engineering spoke before the Legislature’s regularly scheduled meeting. The group’s message was simple: The upgrades have created energy efficiency.

The information provided by the company showed how the new boiler, domestic hot water system, and roof put on the jail have already started saving the county money. According to Chuck Nesbitt, the county’s chief administrative officer, Wendell was one of two companies to label the jail as a viable facility going forward.

“We had another engineering study done by Labella Associates, and that study said if we did all these things we’d extend the life of the jail by another 25 years,” Nesbitt said.

Orleans County was under pressure by the State Commission on Corrections a few years ago to either improve its current jail or replace it, and the results of the county’s efforts affected the jail the most. Nesbitt said Orleans County’s nursing home, office building, and lights in county areas also received energy upgrades to a more efficient technology.

“We received about $111,000 in grants for this project to offset the costs,” he said. “The project is viewed as a complete success; We succeeded in all outcomes and came in under budget.”

Being under budget will allow the county to do some extra work that it had not originally planned to do.

“We have some capital needs we can address,” Nesbitt said, adding that the Legislature was please to already seeing the project “pay for itself” through reduced energy costs.

Also on Wednesday, the legislators announced that the ground breaking for three self-support radio towers in the towns of Clarendon, Albion, and Shelby will happen in November. 

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