Energy grant awarded to Town of Hamburg
The Hamburg Town Board held a special meeting Thursday afternoon (April 26) to accept the financial terms of the agreement, because it had to be accepted by May 1 for NYSERDA to be able to begin the project on time. It is expected to be completed by September.
“The finance aspect of the project is what the issue is,” said Town Attorney Kenneth Farrell.
Hamburg Town Supervisor Steven Walters said the town’s portion of the matching grant funds will come to about $180,000. “Our 50 percent came out of the DOE money,” he said.
The first phase of the updates will include improving lighting and updating the cooling system at the Hamburg Town Ice Arena.
Walters said much of the work that will be finished by September will involve enhancing lighting at various facilities.
Other projects will include adding some insulation as well as shell work.
This will be done in attempt to improve energy and serve as a money savings venture for the Town of Hamburg.
According to Walters, NYSERDA listed the possibility of $7 million in projects, but the town paired that number down through the assistance of Wendel Energy Service, who helped the town find projects that were affordable and brought a “reasonable return.”
“The financing structure for the project had to be approved (by May 1),” said Walters, noting that this paved the way for the work to start by the beginning of May and remain on schedule.
If it had not been completed during that time frame, the work would not be finished by the deadline and the town would risk losing funding for the project, said Walters.
The board approved the measure by a 2-0 vote with Councilman Joseph Collins abstaining.