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City Hallways (Sept.29): Work starting on Lexington co-op on Hertel, Fontana on saving energy at City Hall

I noticed earlier this week that work has started at the former CVS building slated to become the Lexington Co-op's Hertel Avenue expansion.

Shut the lights when you leave!

Lovejoy Councilman Rich Fontana was sounding like a one-man energy saver recently when calling on the city to adopt an energy-saving policy.

Fontana said he's observed plenty of things to convince him such a policy is needed in all city-owned buildings.

Some examples Fontana cited:

  • Room air conditioners left on all weekend because the people in the office want to return to a cool workplace Monday morning.
  • Space heaters on when no one's in the room. Ditto with the lights.

"I cannot tell you how many times I've walked into city-owed buildings and people have portable space heaters going and they are not there; air conditioners when they are not there. Lights on when they are not there," Fontana told his colleagues, adding: "I think we can save a lot of money."

Happening in your City Hall:

A sign posted on the doors of City Hall explained what was going on earlier in the week.

About 100 linear feet of pipe insulation containing asbestos needed to be removed and another 140 linear feet of pipe insulation needed to be encapsulated.

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