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Town of Brant takes next step to become green community

The Town of Brant will continue to be a leader in the green energy revolution, and is taking the next step towards become a fully green community. At its Sept. 11 meeting, the town board announced plans to move forward with energy saving measures at the town highway garage, senior community building and salt shed.

The new measure, which calls for the replacement of lights and ballasts, came about after a visit and proposal from National Grid, and carries a total cost of $8,669.68, of which National Grid will cover $6,068.78, leaving the town with a total contribution of $2,600.90. The estimated annual savings to the town for the new green energy initiative is $3,028.47. The town will also save 27,234.48 kilowatt hours and 29,958 pounds of greenhouse gases throughout the year with these new steps.

“In one year we would pay off that $2,600,” Supervisor Leonard Pero said.

After little deliberation, the town board decided to move forward with the project and pay off their share up front in one lump sum of $2,210.77, which includes a 15 percent discount.

“I believe that you can’t get too green,” Pero said. “We’ve been on the forefront as a green community as one of the first communities in the state with solar panels (on the roof of our highway garage), we ran energy fairs for a number of years (perhaps the first in New York State) and so we are looking to keep conserving energy and taking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. This is just the next step, we had an opportunity that National Grid is taking care of three-quarters of the bill for this, and with our community as small as it is, we can’t afford to do this ourselves. We had to jump on this in an effort to make our community that much greener.”

Not only is the new project important in terms of cost savings to the town and its residents, its also important to a town that cares about its natural surroundings.

“We’re a community that cares about our environment,” Pero said. “We’re mostly farmland and we believe in nature and working the ground and keeping things as green as we can. This is just the next step really, as we are also looking at other programs like compressed national gas for town equipment and vehicles.”

Other important notes:

• A public hearing will be held Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. regarding the Ground Water Impact Law.

• A breast cancer benefit/fundraiser for Annemarie Walker will be held Saturday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. at the Highland Fire Hall.

• The town took the next step towards realizing their Phase II of their Park Grant by enlisting the services of CRA Engineering, at a cost of $2500 through Professional Services, for plans and specifications for the project.

The meeting was adjourned in memory of Carmella Clark, mother of Councilman Don Clark, who passed away recently, as well as all of those who lost their lives in the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001.


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