Tuesday April 23, 2013

Work underway n heating system project in Montpelier

MONTPELIER (AP) -- Work is underway in Montpelier on a $20 million wood-fired municipal heating system that will serve Vermont state offices and some downtown businesses.

The first part of the project involves disconnecting an old water line and laying the new heat lines, said Montpelier City Manager William Fraser.

The project will serve commercial and public buildings, not private residences. The system is funded by the users of the heat, much like the water and sewer systems, Fraser said.

"We have sufficient customers to pay our annual carrying costs of the project which includes or bonding and operating costs of running the system. That includes private buildings as well as the federal buildings, the post office, the county court house and sheriff's office, the Union Elementary School, police station and City Hall," Fraser told Vermont Public Radio.

The city is responsible for the upgrades to the heating distribution system. The state is working on a related project to upgrade the heating plant.

The city's portion of the project is scheduled to be completed by September, with a goal to provide heat by Oct. 1.


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