Riverview to manage nine-city energy efficiency grant

Sunday Times Newspapers

RIVERVIEW – The city will oversee a nine-community Federal Energy Efficiency Retrofit Grant with a budget of more than $656,000, it was learned through documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

In addition to Riverview, the communities of Allen Park, Trenton, Wyandotte, Melvindale, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile Township, Monroe and Tecumseh will receive grants.

In addition to administering the program, Riverview will receive a $64,000 grant to improve the energy efficiency of its city hall.

Riverview also has an approved budget of $40,000 to administer the program, which will utilize City Manager Dean Workman, Community Development Director David Scurto and Finance Director Doug Drysdale.

Allen Park will receive more than $140,000 for a new heating and cooling boiler system and lighting retrofitting. Scurto said Allen Park will modify the boilers at the Allen Park Community Center. The bid form language refers to the Allen Park building as the senior center.

Melvindale, Trenton and Wyandotte will apply the energy efficiency retrofit to their ice arenas.

Melvindale will receive over $97,000 to update its ice arena heating and cooling plant management system as well as lighting retrofitting with high efficiency lamps capable of multiple adjustment levels.

Trenton will receive more than $88,000 to rebuild its ice plant compressor head and to use the wastewater from the compressor to heat the sub-slab as well as the arena’s hot water and ice resurfacing water.

Wyandotte will receive more than $75,000 torecover heat from the compressor to heat both building and ice resurfacing water and to retrofit arena lighting fixtures to provide multiple lighting options.

Gibraltar, Grosse Ile, Monroe and Tecumseh will use the grants for lighting fixture retrofits.

The Riverview City Council met in a special session at 7 p.m. on Dec. 13 to authorize the bid solicitation process to procure bids for nine city energy improvement projects authorized under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Scurto said the application process was started in the fall of 2009, and approved in April, but then modified in June with the addition of more funding. The state of Michigan in August approved its documentation steps.

While most of the cities will not need to provide matching funds, documents show that Allen Park will need to match $9,900 for its community center boiler replacement for the heating and cooling system.

“It would be pretty costly to do this on our own,” Scurto said. “We got an energy audit out of it … someone went through and analyzed this entire building, from light switches up to all the energy usage.”

Scurto added that DTE will be provided additional energy audits in addition to the audits performed for the grant applications.

“It was a good opportunity,” Scurto said. “The city of Riverview in particular is going to see in terms of efficiencies … the lower costs, and so then every city in terms of their operations, whatever building they got funding for, is going to see lower costs which will help out with our budgets over all.”