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Lebanon Council nods energy efficiency contract

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By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
There was little discussion or disagreement during the Lebanon City Council regular meeting Tuesday night as all agenda items passed unanimously in a short span, the council approving a contract with Johnson Controls, Inc. that could save the city millions in the long run.

Council approved a performance contract with Johnson Controls, a company that provides services and solutions to increase energy efficiency, which will make many improvements across Lebanon to save the city money.

In February 2011, the company approached the city and in March began an evaluation study to determine what improvements could be made to the citys infrastructure.

Improvements to be made include lighting changes in city buildings, high-efficiency equipment installed at the citys Water Treatment Facility, heating and air conditioning updates, water and gas meter replacements and upgrades as well as leak detections for pipes.

During their initial work session, representatives of Johnson Controls estimated the city could save between $7 and $8 million by instituting the improvements. By lengthening the term of the contract, the city looks to save around $11 million.

The council also entered into Hold Harmless Agreements with Horn Springs Group, LLC and Hamilton Station Apartments, LLC for placement of landscaping, paving, columns and signage for the Hamilton Springs transit-oriented development.

While the landscaping and signage would be in the public right-of-way, the city will not be responsible for maintaining or repairing any improvements that are placed or built.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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