Bourne cuts items to trim costs of energy-saving project

BUZZARDS BAY – Bourne’s proposal to hire an outside firm to revamp energy systems in school and town buildings has been cut back after potential costs raised to $5.6 million, but is still moving forward.

The Select Board voted to support a $4.9 project Tuesday which no longer includes a new boiler for Town Hall and air-conditioning chiller for the Bourne Public Library in Phase 1 of the project.

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“I don’t recommend investment in those two buildings until the community reviews long-term investments or (possible) expansions of those buildings,” Town Administrator Marlene McCollem said.

She said those items might be pursued via the town’s capital spending program.

Town may spend $4.9 million to cut energy costs

The proposal to hire Trane Technologies to make town and school buildings more energy efficient was first estimated at $5.1 million. Then contractor costs and equipment supply matters, along with a volatile bonding market, helped hike that total to $5.6 million. 

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