Moriah to study highway garage

MINEVILLE The town of Moriah highway garage was built with little regard to energy costs. Times have changed. Moriah officials have decided to do a full energy evaluation of the highway garage, located on Joyce Road in Mineville, in an attempt to save money on energy. The furnace in that building is 30 years old; I put it in, said trustee Paul Salerno. Heating oil was 95 cents a gallon when that was installed. Its not anymore. Heating the highway garage cost Moriah taxpayers $15,524 in 2007. The cost was $6,515 the year before. We need to address this issue, Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said. That building is 40 years old and we have never really done anything to it. Salerno suggested placing a wood-fired, hot-air furnace at the highway garage. He noted the town owns land with plenty of wood on it that could fuel the furnace. I just think wood and hot air best fit our needs there, he said. Salerno said the town of Chazy had recently installed a wood furnace at its highway garage. He suggested town officials, including Highway Superintendent Jamie Wilson, visit the facility to see if it might work in Moriah.

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