The Ketchum City Council on Monday approved spending $54,000 in the fiscal 2018-19 budget to support energy-use upgrades in some city facilities.

     The work was recommended by the Ketchum Sustainability Advisory Committee, and the city has $60,000 available in its current budget to fund the projects. The fiscal year ends Oct. 1.

     One portion of the work entails spending $16,850 to upgrade the insulation and some mechanical functions at the Atkinson Park Recreation Center, while the second portion involves spending $37,180 to replace and upgrade heating and venting systems in the Streets and Facilities Department’s warehouse buildings, according to a city staff report.

     The sustainability committee secured $10,000 in grant funding from the Idaho Office of Energy and Mineral Resources, which requires a city match, said consultant Sharon Patterson Grant of Open Spaces Northwest. She said the expenditure of the local match has to be made by the end of the month to qualify.

     She said the Atkinson Park building was exceeding the national median for energy use for comparable buildings. She said the retrofit will mean the building can operate with lower heating costs while potentially eliminating the need to run air-conditioning.

     A project not funded Monday will be considered in upcoming budgets. It involves spending $38,956 to upgrade lighting in city buildings, which is estimated to result in annual cost savings of $1,471 and 18,500 kilowatt-hours of electricity.

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