Marion Energy Management Committee withdraws funding request, for now

By Georgia Sparling | Mar 26, 2012
Photo by: Georgia Sparling Marion Energy Management Committee plans to ask for $50,000 in funding from the town to make energy saving improvements to buildings.

Marion — Marion will have to wait to go green.

On March 26, the Marion Energy Management Committee decided to withdraw their request for $50,000 in town funding to implement energy saving projects due to delays with engineering studies.

The group had planned to ask for the funding at the May 21 Town Meeting, but without complete reports, Committee Chair David Pearce said the group will wait.

“There is insufficient data coming forward,” Pearce said.

Facility engineers visited the town earlier this year to assess Marion’s buildings, but will not deliver the report in time for May Town Meeting.

Committee member Bill Saltonstall said the group wants to use the $50,000 to make energy saving improvements to town-owned buildings such as the Music Hall and the Town House.

Improvements that committee members would like to see include adding insulation, using more efficient boilers and installing more efficient lighting fixtures.

Once those improvements are made to town-owned buildings, Saltonstall said he hopes to move on to additional buildings.

“We want to try to use the energy savings that result to make improvements in other buildings,” he said. “We’re eager to see some changes made."

But for now the upgrades will have to wait.

The committee is hoping to be ready to present its findings at Town Meeting in the fall.

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