Commissioners Special Meeting

Commissioner Percy L. Brown, Jr. called the special meeting of the Hancock County Commissioners to order at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday February 11, 2010 with Commissioner Lawson in attendance. Also present were Richard Davis and Philip Roy.

He stated that the US Department of Energy has awarded the County of Hancock an EECBG grant in the amount of $226,900. The purpose of the meeting was to solicit ideas from the public for possible alternative energy sources such as wind, geothermal and solar.

CFO Roy gave a brief overview of the purpose and cost of the grant and proposed energy saving sources. An RFP to determine the cost of an energy audit will be sent out next week. Energy audits would be conducted on all county buildings, including the district attorney’s office and the airport. Greenhouse gasses, emissions, oil and propane usage will be included in the RFP process. CFO Roy stated that the proposed outcome of the grant is to create energy efficiencies throughout the county campus and to create jobs. Commissioner Brown stated that Energy Star approved products would be utilized in this endeavor. Domestic hot water usage was briefly discussed.

Commissioner Lawson questioned the formula and factors used to calculate the energy award. She also discussed language that allowed the commissioners to give grant funds to municipalities for the purpose of creating energy efficiencies.

Commissioner Brown stated that he was looking forward to the opportunity to bring the county buildings up to date and felt the reduction of energy used by the county would be a great accomplishment.

Commissioner Brown adjourned the meeting at 6:25 p.m.

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