Fiscal Court puts energy program “on hold”

Brittany Wise Reporter

October 15, 2013

The Grayson County Fiscal Court voted ‘no’ to working with energy management company Amaresco to lower local government energy costs.

The county has been working with Amaresco representatives for months to determine ways in which energy costs could be lowered in all county-owned-and-maintained buildings. However, when the company presented Judge Executive Gary Logsdon with a plan that would cost the county more than $1.8 million upfront, the court became hesitant.

In a special-called meeting on Monday, Oct. 7, Logsdon said that he would not want to “burden taxpayers with this.”

The Judge Executive recommended “putting the project on hold,” and the magistrates agreed with a unanimous vote.

“There are a number of small things each of us can do. These little things can add up to big savings.” Losgdon said of the less-costly efforts officials and county employees can make toward lowering energy costs.

He also said that the county will be replacing the windows in the third floor of the old courthouse on Public Square - one of the items that had been included in Amaresco’s suggested revamp.

“We will fix the windows for a reasonable cost to the county,” Logsdon promised.

The group also took the opportunity to open bids for necessary repairs to the Ivan Cain Bridge. Four bids were received, and the Fiscal Court voted to accept the lowest bid of $22,900 from Hornback Construction, a company based in Hodgenville, KY.

Logsdon said that the county will receive $23,000 in Emergency Funds from the state for the bridge repairs, covering the entire cost of the project.