Gloversville to vote on insurance change

GLOVERSVILLE — The Common Council is expected to vote on a resolution Tuesday that will cover several non-city events under the city’s liability insurance.

The resolution would see the Gloversville Civic Band concerts held from July to September 2017, the Railfest and Neighborhood Watch covered under the city’s liability insurance.

Also during the meeting, the council will vote on measures related to energy projects.

The first is related to a SmartWatt Energy program the city is looking to undertake. The program would see the city make energy upgrades from installing LED lighbulbs to upgrading the HVAC system.

In August, the city contracted with SmartWatt Energy to do an energy audit. The program is run through National Grid. It allows municipalities to contract with the utility agency for upgrades, with SmartWatt functioning as a contractor.

The resolution set for Tuesday would see allow the commissioner of finance to secure a bond resolution for the project and allow the mayor to enter into a measurement and verification and support services agreement with SmartWatt Energy.

The cost of the renovations is paid for by the savings the municipality sees. If the savings don’t equal what was quoted in the audit to the municipality, SmartWatt would make up the difference.

In addition, the city has been certified as a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

For getting the designation, the city will get $2,700 incentive bonus, along with being eligible for up to $100,000 for any energy saving measure. The city is hoping to take the $100,000 in grant money and pay for energy upgrades done through a National Grid/SmartWatt program.

The second energy resolution relates to a project to put a solar energy collection system in the former city landfill on East Fulton Street Extension in the town of Johnstown.

The resolution is an amendment to the previous one awarding SolarCity Corporation a contract for solar energy collection and electricity general for the city. The resolution would amend the outside commercial operation date to March 14, 2018.

Kerry Minor covers Glovers-ville. She can be reached at