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Lebanon board to hold hearings on cold war vets exemption, proposed gas pipeline

The information hearing on the proposed pipeline will occur after the public hearing on the Cold War Veterans Exemption is concluded. Town officials may consider an application for road bore requests by Nornew at that time, dependent on the status of the company's application and questions that may come up for the town before the PSC.

In other town board action on August 10, town officials also amended the town's annual road plan to include additional repairs to portions of Lebanon Hill Road that would require headwall installation and roadwork due to extensive flooding resulting from heavy rainfall this summer. Cost overruns of approximately $2,000 have been experienced due to some washouts due to intermittent heavy rainfall and flodding, and the rising price of road oil and materials during the construction season.

Town officials authorized Supervisor Jim Goldstein to spend $100 to apply for an energy audit through the New York State Energy Resource and Development Authority to explore potential energy efficiencies and grant opportunities, and also authorized the Supervisor to puruse federal, state and other grant funding that might be available to offset local costs of any proposed solar energy system or othe energy efficiencies and cost saving improvements. The $100 can be recouped through NYSERDA if the town implements any of the proposed improvements.

Town officials are already identifying a need for upgrading and repairing the town's oil fired water baseboard heating system that could cost $3,100 this year and are looking for grant opportunities that help defray costs of energy improvements and equipment upgrades, and possibly obtaining local funds to consider the installation of a solar energy system at no local cost, which has the potential to save the town $135,000 over the life of the system in electric costs and cover all town electric use.

The Town Board voted 3-1, with Council Steven Wilcox opposed, citing his objections to apply for or seeking any stimulus funds that may add to the federal deficit. Council Marie Morgan was absent due to illness

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