By Joshua Maloni
Thanks to customer incentives, the Village of Lewiston will enjoy significant savings on electricity at both the Red Brick Municipal Building and Department of Public Works garage.
National Grid, through Lime Energy Services, will take out all of the existing bulbs in both buildings (except for the Red Brick gymnasium) and, in place, install LED lights. Such a job would normally cost $16,365.08, but the village will pay only $3,201.30 - just 20 percent of the fee.
What's more, the light-emitting diodes are projected to save the municipality $2,699.18 per year at the Red Brick and another $1,726.35 at the DPW building.
Mayor Anne Welch requested an energy audit, which led to this opportunity.
"This will save us energy, save us money, for the long run," she said at Monday's work session.
The Village Board voted to pay National Grid a lump sum of $1,991.44 for the government hall and $1,209.86 for the garage.
DPW Superintendent Terry Brolinski said National Grid will change the ballasts and bulbs while retaining the current light fixtures.
The gymnasium was not included, because it's "not good," Brolinski said.
"Everything has to be replaced, because we're still running metal halide," he added. "I asked them to please come back with a quote for that.
"The rest of the building was more important."
Trustee Nick Conde asked Nussbaumer & Clarke Engineers and Surveyors to do a heat load and cooling evaluation of each room within the Red Brick, including the gym.
"The intent of this is to come up with a different heating and cooling system for the building to save (energy and money)," Conde said.
A project cost was requested for the next monthly meeting.
Nussbaumer & Clarke CEO Mike Marino is the village engineer.
•The board voted to approve a motion to hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, regarding a revocation of the 15-minute and two-hour parking signs on Center Street.
"We really don't want to limit people ... whether they want to dine or shop," Welch said.
•Welch and Deputy Mayor Claudia Marasco will serve on the Village of Lewiston bicentennial year planning committee.
The municipality will celebrate 200 years in 2022. The Village Board and the Town of Lewiston Town Council are teaming up to plan activities and events in celebration of this milestone.
•Halloween trick-or-treat hours are 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.
•Ken Bedore was appointed to serve as a full-time member of the Zoning Board of Appeals. Formerly an alternate, Bedore will fill George VanHoose's unexpired term until 2021.
•Trustees held a moment of silence for H. John Ritter prior to the start of the meeting. The former harbormaster and chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals passed away late last month.
The DPW will receive new LED lightbulbs.