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Fredonia accepts grant for electric blowers at waste water plant

FREDONIA –The Fredonia Village Board accepted a $190,341 grant from the National Grid Energy Initiative for installing new energy-saving electric blowers at the Waste Water Treatment Plant.

The action to accept the funding took place at a special meeting held Monday in Village Hall.

“Officially, my comment is that this is a nice way to end the year,” said Mayor Steve Keefe.

The funding was authorized by National Grid after the village participated in an energy audit of the plant.

The total cost for two 150 horse-power electric blowers is $450,430.

The new blowers are expected to produce an estimated energy savings of $69,000 annually.

According to the resolution, passed unanimously by the board members, the project should pay for itself in under four years through savings in electric power costs and other efficiency measures.

Village Administrator Richard St. George said that the project will start out with a design phase and will require several planning processes before it is put out for bid for replacing the old blowers. He said the work should be complete some time in the next year.

Village officials applied for the grant in April this year and just learned of the approval. St. George said that acceptance of the grant was required before the end of the year.

In other matters, Village Attorney Sam Drayo provided information on the village’s comprehensive plan. He said the document has been reviewed by the Chautauqua County Planning Board and several suggestions were made. Drayo said that village planning board members should also review the suggestions before a final approval of the plan can be adopted and placed on file.