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Grant will pay for energy-efficiency projects

Rosemount will see some cash from the American Investment and Recovery Act come through town this fall. Two city projects have received funds through the Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant, which is funded through the federal stimulus.

The first and bigger of the two projects is replacing the boilers at the Rosemount Steeple Center.

Parks and recreation director Dan Schultz said the boilers at the former St. Joseph Church are very old and at the end of their lifespan. The city will replace the boilers with high efficiency models.

The new boilers will save the city nearly $7,000 a year in energy costs, Schultz said. The estimated cost of the project is $68,000. The city will pay $20,000 up front for the project and grant money will cover the remaining $48,000 of the project.

The city's portion will be evenly taken from the Steeple Center operating maintenance budget and the Building Capital Improvement Program fund.

The Rosemount Community Center also will benefit from grant money. The second grant will fund replacing lights at the center with new, more energy-efficient technology.

The new lighting systems will save more than $7,000 a year in energy costs. The estimated cost of the project is $52,000. The city will pay $5,000 from the center's operating budget and the rest will be covered with grant money.

"There will be cost saving with both projects and it will lower our carbon footprint," Schultz said.

Schultz said he hopes to start the process within the next month or so and have the projects done by the end of the year.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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