Macon County Chronicle

Macon County Schools 'Go Green' with $2 Million Energy Saving Grant

The Macon County Committee of the Whole voted to proceed with the grant process for an energy saving program for Macon County schools during its regular meeting on Monday, June 6th, after a presentation by Director of Macon County Schools, Margaret Oldham. Oldham presented information regarding a $2 million grant that the county was approved to receive from the State of Tennessee for conserving energy in Macon County schools, with no cost to the county.

According to Oldham, she was notified that the county was approved to receive the grant on Friday, June 3rd, and there is .75 percent interest rate that will paid by the school system, beginning after the project is completed.

Oldham stated that the interest payments will be made from the accumulated savings from the new energy efficient system. If the savings is not enough to make the interest payments, the school system will not be responsible for the interest.

“It’s really a win-win situation,” Oldham said about the grant.

Points of interest included in the scope of work for each of the six schools to receive energy upgrades are as follows:

Westside, Fairlane & Central Elementary Schools

  • Install an Energy Management System (EMS) for monitoring temperature and scheduling the HVAC. The EMS shall control the electrical usage by using Software Based Energy & Control Strategies.
  • Lighting control shall be controlled with room or ceiling motion sensors.
  • Replace existing window AC units located in 20 (Fairlane – 23) classroom locations with 20 (Fairlane – 23) new high efficient, dual circuit, Bard A/C Package Air to Air Heat Pump Units Model CH with stand-alone factory controls.
  • Pull existing wire out of conduit running from panels to window A/C Units and re-feed with #8 wire for new Bard units.
  • Remove existing two-pole, 20 amp breaker from panels and provide and install new three pole, 40 amp breaker for new A/C Units.
  • Remove existing light fixture with new T-8 type light fixtures per survey.
  • Disconnect gas lines and retire in-place old boiler.
  • Install Demand Control on all new AC Units for free ventilation.
  • Install new battery operated flush valve operators at ten water closet upgrades.
  • Install new push button metered faucets with mixing valves at ten lavatory upgrades.

Macon County Junior High School & Macon County High School

  • Install an Energy Management System (EMS) for monitoring temperature and scheduling the HVAC. The EMS shall control the electrical usage by using Software Based Energy & Control Strategies.
  • Lighting control shall be controlled with room or ceiling motion sensors.
  • Install water closet upgrade.
  • Install urinal upgrade.
  • Install lavatory upgrade with new push button metered faucets with mixing valves at 35 lavatories.
  • Replace 15 existing rooftop AC units with 15 new high efficient carrier RTU with factory installed controls (MCJHS only).

Red Boiling Springs School (K-12)

  • Install an Energy Management System (EMS) for monitoring temperature and scheduling the HVAC. The EMS shall control the electrical usage by using Software Based Energy & Control Strategies.
  • Lighting control shall be controlled with room or ceiling motion sensors.
  • Replace existing window AC units located in 15 classroom locations with 15 new high efficient, dual circuit, Bard A/C Package Units Model WG, Bard gas/electric units with stand-alone factory controls.
  • Pull existing wire out of conduit running from panels to window A/C Units and re-feed the new Bard units.
  • Remove existing two-pole, 20 amp breaker from panels and provide and install new three pole, 30 amp breaker for new A/C Units.
  • Disconnect gas from existing Boiler and run new gas line around perimeter of building, connecting each Bard unit to the new system. Gas lines will be buried and all concrete patched as required.
  • Install Demand Control on all new Bard AC Units for free ventilation.
  • Install two new split AC Units.
  • Install two new package gas fired AC units with full economizer capabilities in the gym. Units will sit on the ground outside the gym and be ducted up the exterior wall and into gym. The duct inside the gym will be a fabric duct system.
  • Remove existing light fixture with new T-8 type light fixtures per survey.
  • Install new battery operated flush valve operators at 20 water closets and ten urinals upgrade.
  • Install new push button metered faucets with mixing valves at 20 lavatory upgrade.

 In other business:

  • A PowerPoint presentation was conducted by Don Rigsby, Jobs Development Specialist with the State of Tennessee. Rigsby discussed job growth and county and cities merging together to work on an overall plan for economic development.
  • Minutes were approved for the following meetings: Planning Commission (3/15/11 & 4/19/11), Budget Meeting (5/10/11, 5/16/11, 5/24/11, 5/31/11), Court Meeting (5/16/11) and Loss Control (5/17/11)
  • Budget Amendments #1-30 were approved. #1 – Parks & Fair Board: FCCLA; #2 – County Trustee; #3 – General Administration Projects – CDBG; #4 – General School Purpose; #5 – General School Purpose; #6 – Circuit Court; #7 – Probation Services; #8 – Property Assessor’s Office; #9 – Other General Administration: ADA; #10 – Public Safety Projects: Disaster Grant; #11 – Other Charges; #12 – Rabies & Animal Control; #13 – County Coroner/Medical Examiner; #14 – Risk Management; #15 – Other Facilities; #16 – Local Health Center; #17 – County Buildings; #18 – Judicial Commissioners; #19 – Planning; #20 – Sheriff’s Department; #21 – Sheriff’s Department; #22 – Civil Defense; #23 – Register of Deeds; #24 – Ambulance/Emergency Medical Services; #25 – Highway/Public Works; #26 – County Clerk’s Office; #27 – Library; #28 – Disaster Relief; #29 – Other Emergency Management: West Macon; #30 – Transfer Station
  • Resolutions #14-20 were approved and deferred to the next meeting. (#14 – County Mayor Continued Spending; #15 – 3-Star Title VI; #16 – 3-Star Strategic Economic Development Plan; #17 – General Purpose School Continued Spending; #18 – CDBG; #19 – Highway/Public Works Continued Spending; #20 – Litter & Trash Collecting Grant)
  • Speed limit petitions for Owens Road and Highland Road were sent on to the next meeting.
  • Absent from the meeting were Commissioners Shannon Wix and Tony Boles.