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Houston County attempts to finalize ESCO contract - Dothan Eagle: News

Houston County attempts to finalize ESCO contract

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Posted: Monday, October 28, 2013 9:34 pm

Monday’s Houston County Commission meeting still hasn’t ended.

The commission is officially in recess until Thursday morning, when it will attempt to finalize a contract with an Energy Service Company, or ESCO, known as Trane that will renovate several county buildings.

Chairman Mark Culver originally hoped to have the ESCO contract on Monday’s agenda, but ongoing negotiations necessitated a delay.

“We’re just trying to work out some of the details,” Culver said. “It’s a very complicated contract, with eight different parts to it.”

By approving the contract Thursday, the commission hopes to set January as the official beginning of the project, which is focused on making county buildings more energy efficient.

One of the continuing roadblocks in the process has been the county’s search for an alternative home building, since employees in the Houston County Administrative Building will be forced to relocate during Trane’s work.

Culver said he hopes that situation becomes clearer by the end of the week.

The ESCO is expected to cost the county about $5.1 million total, but Trane guarantees the investment will pay for itself through long-term energy savings.

If the savings for a given year don’t reach the promised goal, Trane will be responsible for paying the difference.

The commission will reconvene at 9 a.m. Thursday to discuss the contract.

In other business Monday, the commission approved three separate pass-through grants for the Dothan Fire Department.