County looking at energy plans for 3 buildings

By ALLEN MINCEY Staff Writer
Posted 8/17/17

Savings to the Bradley County Schools through energy-related renovations have led the Bradley County Commission to look at the same work at some government buildings.

These buildings include …

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County looking at energy plans for 3 buildings

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Savings to the Bradley County Schools through energy-related renovations have led the Bradley County Commission to look at the same work at some government buildings.

These buildings include the Bradley County Courthouse, Bradley County Courthouse Annex and the Bradley County Judicial Complex.

Kevin Waters of ESG, the company that has worked on the county schools, presented plans to improve all three buildings, with both the courthouse and annex “having a whole host of issues.”

Waters said showed heating units for all three buildings, and concentrated on the bathrooms at the courthouse and the entire annex. Issues with the windows at both buildings were one of the items that were discussed for repair and renovation.

“We would want to look at replacement of all the windows and replace all the exterior doors,” he said, adding that doing so would help with energy use in the two buildings.

The courthouse annex presented the most need for transformation and renovation, he said. He showed photos of areas of the basement that were in need of improvement, Waters said.

“I don’t think there are any bodies there, but it would be a perfect place,” Waters joked.

The judicial complex is the newest of the three buildings, and Waters said one might think it does not need renovations. However, he said that energy controls for heat and air and lighting would make the building much more usable, and, again, would lead to a savings in energy costs.

The presentation on the renovations of the three buildings was made to the county commission’s land and building committee. The group said it would need to go before the finance committee since it would involve additional funding.

However, County Mayor D. Gary Davis said that the projects’ cost could be covered eventually with the energy savings, and it would only be necessary for 7 percent of the cost to be in new monies. Money for the other renovations would have to be borrowed by the county, he said.

Committee members said that they were unsure if the presentation is yet ready to come before the finance committee, though Davis said that a decision needs to be made well before January when weather might not be an issue.

The land and building committee voted to place the proposal on the Aug. 28 work session for more discussion. Only committee member Milan Blake voted against that suggestion, with Charlotte Peak, Robert Rominger, Bill Winters and Jeff Yarber voting for bringing it to the work session. It is expected that Walters will be in attendance to answer any questions on the projects at that meeting.

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