LOUISVILLE - With temperatures expected to be bitterly cold for the next several days, officials in the town of Louisville can rest easy knowing their municipal building will be staying warm without breaking the bank for the towns taxpayers.
This winter the town is heating its town offices, town court and the highway departments garage with a wood pellet heating system that was paid for in large part by a grant from the River Valley Development Agency.
Town Councilman Daniel OKeefe, who wrote the application, said the grant paid for $90,000 of the $110,000 project.
Last year, he said the town used more than 5,000 gallons of fuel oil, the equivalent of 42.4 tons of wood pellets.
Were going to see a $10,000 to $12,000 savings this year, he said, explaining the project will pay for itself (the towns portion) in just two years.
Its definitely a combination of having a more efficient heating system and a cheaper fuel source, Mr. OKeefe said, adding the town has a three-year contract with Curran Renewables, giving them a three-year price guarantee, something that Mr. OKeefe said the town board is grateful for.
He (Curran Renewables owner Patrick Curran) runs a great business here in Louisville and has always been great to the town, Mr. OKeefe said.
Mr. OKeefe said work on the new system started last spring and was completed in September by Merkley Brothers Heating and Cooling LLC, Heuvelton.
Its working pretty good. Its been running the whole season, and the oil boiler hasnt kicked on yet, he said, noting one oil boiler remains as a backup heating system.
It heats up the room quickly and actually shuts off, Mr. OKeefe said.
Thats something the towns previous heating system did not do.
Previously the heat was just in the floors, but now we have two big fan-forced heaters in the truck bay, he said. When the garage doors opened in the past, all of the hot air would leave the building and then it took a while to heat back up again.
Mr. OKeefe also said hes appreciative of the work done by Merkley Brothers, as well as the sacrifices made by the towns highway crew.
I think Merkley Brothers did a great job. They worked here for several months and even before this project theyve worked here in this building before correcting some of the layout of the out old heating system, he said. We should also thank our highway crew. They sacrificed some space out there and also had their work space rearranged because of the new boilers.