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Lamar Co. Supervisors explore energy saving options

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LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

The Lamar County Supervisors are exploring different avenues to save on energy bills and looking at ways to make some of the county buildings more energy efficient.

“We’ve got some issues within the buildings and so we are looking for budget neutral ways to make those repairs or upgrades to the system,” Lamar County Administrator Jody Waits said.

Those issues are things from heating and air conditioning, lighting to an elevator.

“The elevator in need of repairs actually has a sign on it that reads: ‘If the elevator breaks down-stay calm. Help is coming.’ So that is one of the things on our list,” Waits said. 

The county has roughly 60 buildings under their care but the main target projects are focused on the county jail, including the Law Enforcement Center and Central Office Complex, the chancery and circuit court.

“One of the big issues is the aging heating and air and ventilation and air systems in some of these buildings, that is something we will have to give attention to sooner or later,” Waits said. 

Supervisors heard from Schneider Electric officials during Thursday’s meeting and got ideas for revamping some of the county buildings.

“It looks like the county could save anywhere from $120,000 to maybe a $160,000 a year, that adds up to $2 to $4 million over a 15 to 20 year period,” Schneider Electric Sales Team Leader Allie Harris said. “That money would be reinvested from utility bills to cover different maintenance needs that they need in energy conservation.”

Harris also mentioned the possibility of key card access to the county’s 18 community centers, taking the burden of shuffling keys to renters in the county.

“The ultimate goal is to have all the county buildings running as efficiently as possible to consume the least amount of electricity as possible, and ultimately that saves the county citizens money,” Waits said. 

The supervisors have the option to vote to bid the project out at a later date to see which company they will use for the upgrades.

Addition matters:

  • Supervisors discussed the possibility of making the intersection of Old Highway 11/Richburg Road/McMahon Road safer.
  • Land located to the west of Cole Road, north of Highway 98 in District 4 was changed in the land use classification to Major Thoroughfares Commercial.
  • Land located to the west of Cole Road, north of Highway 98 in District 4 was changed in the land use classification to C-3/Highway Commercial.

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