March 17, 2010 BFCC Meeting

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March 17, 2010 BFCC Meeting

Postby Lisa Lannon » Thu May 20, 2010 8:54 am

MARCH 17, 2010

A meeting of the Building Facilities Construction Committee was held on March 17, 2010 in the Municipal Center. The meeting was called to order at 7:05 PM.

PRESENT: Daniel Heney (Chairman), William McConnell, Shirley Mosczynski, Virginia Howe, Sean Holland, William Cundiff (Town Engineer).

Mr. Cundiff noted that the Board of Selectmen has asked that this Committee meet with the Water and Sewer Department to discuss the status of the Manchaug Road Sewer Project. He noted that Mr. Sullivan from the Water and Sewer Department was unable to make this meeting. Therefore, discussion regarding this project will take place at a later date.

This was tabled until later in the meeting when Mr. Cary is present.

Mr. Cundiff noted that the Board of Selectmen has appointed this Committee to serve as the Energy Committee for the Town. In addition, they have tasked the Committee with the following: evaluation solar options at the Town’s landfill site, wind power options at the High School site, and funding options such as the Green Communities Act.
Mr. Cundiff reviewed the plan of the Town’s capped land fill consisting of 4 ½ acres with a soil cover. He indicated that the size and the location to the Fire Department make this area an option to explore for solar use. He reviewed the process required for such a use. He noted that included in the agenda is a proposal for a feasibility study from CDM (Camp Dresser McKee Inc.) to test the viability of utilizing this space for solar.
Mr. Cundiff discussed the option of the Town putting this out to bid as a municipal project for constructing the units, and would then be responsible for metering the units as well as selling excess back to the Grid. Another option would be to solicit bids from private contractors for the permitting process as well as construction. The private consultant would lease the land and provide the Town with a set fee for electricity while gaining the benefit of selling the excess to the Grid for the life of the contract. Mr. Cundiff noted some concern, however, regarding the fact that the soil cover was done prior to current landfill capping standards. Mr. McConnell noted that CDM is the company he works for and therefore, would not be able to participate in any decisions made regarding this company. Discussion held regarding the options presented by Mr. Cundiff.
Mr. Cundiff discussed the process taken for coming to wind and solar as options for exploration of their viability to the Town. Ms. Howe indicated that more information should be obtained regarding the pros and cons to these options. Mr. Vincent Leonardo, 135 Hughes Street indicated that he has been researching solar for over a year and has a distributorship with Sun Run, Inc. He discussed how shading can be a negative side a solar. He also commented on the importance of wind studies.

Mr. Cary joined the meeting. He corrected that he works for Blue Wave Strategies. He discussed the development of landfills as a source for renewable energy. He discussed the Green Communities Acts and the process of working with Towns to plan for energy reduction through the production of renewable energy. He reviewed the process of constructing ground mounted solar energy structures on capped landfills. He noted the close proximity of the Fire Station to the site and the opportunity to meter energy to the Fire Station and then to other municipal accounts throughout the Town.
Mr. Cary discussed the options of the Town owning and operating a solar farm versus a contract in which no costs are incurred to the Town. He discussed the different ways these options work for different towns as well as the different ways the selection and procurement options work. He noted that Fairhaven has the first State approved solar system on a capped landfill and discussed the process the Town went through. Some discussion held regarding the length of viable years for solar farms and options for when the time period for contacts is up. Mr. Cary noted the importance of finding a user to buy the excess power. He indicated that the State has renewable energy bonds as well as grants. Discussion held.
Mr. Cundiff discussed the Green Communities Act. He noted that if a Town is designated a Green Community they have the potential to obtain grants associated with green energy. He reviewed the criteria a Town must meet in order to satisfy the ability to be designated a Green Community including: As of Right sighting for wind turbines of 600 KW and greater, expedited permitting (MGL ch 43D), reduce overall energy baseline by 20% over 5 years, Fuel Efficiency Vehicle Policy, and adopt stretch Building Code. Some discussion held.
Mr. Cundiff noted that he has spoken with Ms. Kelly Brown, Green Community Coordinator (Central Region), and she is willing to come in and speak to the Committee. Some discussion held as to when this should be happen. Mr. Cundiff noted that the Wind Energy Center has issued a round of grants that are due to be submitted May 22, 2010. This could provide funds for the feasibility study as well as the monitoring equipment. Discussion held.
Mr. Cundiff further discussed the solar options available with regard to the feasibility study being performed by the Town or the contractor. Some discussion held regarding available grant funding for this. Mr. Cundiff indicated if the Committee determines that funds are needed for feasibility study or design the timing of Town Meeting must be kept in mind. Ms. Mosczynski made a motion to advise Mr. Cundiff to recommend to the Board of Selectmen to move forward on the wind study. Ms. Howe seconded. Vote unanimous. Mr. Cundiff suggested contacting the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to inquire if the Town is proactive and provides some funds for a feasibility study would there be reimbursement for that. Some discussion held. It was the consensus to wait for grant money.
Further discussion held regarding Ms. Brown attending a meeting. Mr. Cundiff will contact her to see if she is available on March 24, 2010 and will advise members. Prior to that meeting, he encourages members to review information in web site link included in the email he sent out as well as on the agenda.
Mr. Leonardo further discussed renewable energy including the importance of the site for wind, net metering, determining whether to own or lease, requirements for State funding with regard to solar, and feasibility study. Mr. Leonardo expanded on his background.

Mr. Cundiff reviewed a revised Five Year Capital Building Plan included with the agenda. He indicated that if the Committee feels any adjustments need to be made it could go back to Capital Improvement Committee by March 22, 2010. Some discussion held. The consensus of the Committee was that the plan does not need to be further revised.

Mr. Cundiff noted that the Annual Report has been submitted.

The minutes of November 18, 2009 and February 9, 2010 were reviewed. Ms. Mosczynski made motion to approve the Building Facilities Construction Committee Meeting Minutes of November 18, 2009 as presented. Mr. McConnell seconded the motion. Vote: Yes – 4, Abstained – 1. As a follow up on the November 18, 2009 minutes, Mr. Cundiff noted that he called National Grid and was unsuccessful in getting someone to come out and speak to the Committee. He did note that representatives came from UMass to talk to the Planning Board regarding wind energy and encourages Committee members to view that meeting on line.
The minutes of February 9, 2010 were reviewed. Mr. Holland made a motion to approve the minutes of February 9, 2010 as amended. Ms. Mosczynski seconded the motion. Vote: Yes – 4, Abstained – 1.

Mr. Holland made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:42 PM. Ms. Mosczynski seconded the motion. Vote unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Lisa Lannon
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