LUMBERTON — The president of Robeson Community College will appear before the Robeson County Board of Commissioners on Monday to tell the board that the trustees at RCC have decided to move forward with an energy investment grade audit in preparation for entering into an energy- savings contract.
The audit will determine the costs of the energy efficiency improvements needed in all buildings on the college’s main campus in Lumberton and those at COMtech. It will cost an estimated $103,000 and be conducted by Brady Trane Company, which is located in Morrisville. According to a Brady Trane representative, a preliminary on-site review of RCC facilities by his company has identified where $88,000 to $225,000 could be saved each year in energy costs.
If after the audit RCC decides to enter into a performance contract, the money available from energy savings will be used to pay for improvements and pay back any loan. Brady Trane estimates that the entire energy savings project at RCC will run between $1 million and $2.5 million.
Pamela Hilbert, RCC’s president, will not be asking the commissioners for any money. In her written request to address the commissioners, Hilbert says that she will be asking commissioners to assure the college that if an energy performance contract is eventually entered into, that the county will not reduce its utilities funding for RCC for the life of any loan obtained to complete the energy savings program. The state Local Government Commission, which must approve any performance contract entered into by a community college, will not approve a project that does not have such a commitment from the local county board.
Hilbert will also ask the commissioners to allow the college to shift money in its county budget to cover the cost of the investment grade audit should RCC opt not to move forward with an energy performance contract after the audit is finished.
During Monday’s meeting, the commissioners will also hear a presentation from Dr. David Brooks, owner of Pembroke Veterinary Hospital, concerning the upcoming countywide rabies clinic and SNIP event. The semiannual event is sponsored by the Robeson County Veterinary Medical Association.
During the 10th semiannual event held in March, approximately 281 cats and dogs were spayed or neutered at a discount price by veterinarians at five area animal hospitals.
The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the commissioners room of the county administration building on North Elm Street.
Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.