New energy upgrades to be installed in Alcorn government buildings

CORINTH – Drafty windows and doors in three older Alcorn County government buildings should be plugged soon with funds from a $172,000 grant from the Mississippi Development Authority.
The work at the county courthouse, county chancery building and Department of Human Services building is made possible by support from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, said Chancery Clerk Bobby Marolt.
“We provided them with a list of areas where we saw needs and they approved it,” Marolt said.
The courthouse work includes installing glass film; installing window weatherstripping; installing door weatherstripping; sealing exterior walls; applying roof coating; replacing light fixtures and lamps; installing programmable thermostats and installing LED exit signs.
Work in the chancery building includes installing glass film; installing window weatherstripping; installing door weatherstripping; sealing exterior walls; installing insulation; replacing light fixtures and lamps; installing programmable thermostats; installing LED exit signs and making modifications to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit.
At the Department of Human Services, work includes installing weatherstripping; installing programmable thermostats and installing LED exit signs.
The grant program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, was signed into law in December 2007 and is intended to help local governments develop energy efficiency and conservation projects.
Ultimately, the program aims to reduce fossil fuel emissions, reduce total energy use, improve energy efficiency and create and retain jobs.
The grant has a short completion time frame and specifications for an open bid process should be prepared soon, Marolt said, and the advertisement will be placed in the usual publications.
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.

LENA MITCHELL / NEMS Daily Journal Corinth Bureau