Energy projects approved by Gloversville Common Council

GLOVERSVILLE — The Common Council approved a number of resolutions during Tuesday’s meeting, several relating to energy projects.

The council approved a resolution to measure and verify services with SmartWatt Energy of Ballston Lake.

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 allows 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.

Another approved resolution related 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.

City Attorney Anthony Casale said the first resolution included a time frame indicated in a number of days, more than 500 days out from the date the resolution was approved. He said the company wanted to change it to a concrete date when the project would be completed instead.

“They want to give themselves a set date,” Mayor Dayton King said.

The council also approved a resolution that will allow two buses leased by the city to Clinton County to be able to dispose of two buses that are no longer useable.

Mobility Manager Brent Warren said the agreement began in 2013 with a two year lease that was extended.

“Now the buses are beyond serviceable,” Warren said.

Warren said the buses belong to the state. He said the city had three state buses, one that was disposed of already and the other two were transferred to Clinton County who used them well beyond its usable life.

Warren said the city no longer uses those types of buses.