Westport The Westport Town Board approved the purchase of a new wood boiler for the town highway garage at their regular meeting Aug. 14.
The new furnace, the ECL3200-30IR, is one of only three municipal-size wood furnaces approved by both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Environmental Conservancy.
The garage’s current furnace is more than 16 years old. The furnace started showing problems late in the winter season and the board decided to replace it with another wood burning furnace.
Though the price tag of the new boiler and the cost of installment is projected to cost nearly $20,000, the boiler has a projected savings over the amount needed to keep an oil-powered boiler.
“The DPW Superintendent estimated it would cost over $15,000 a year to heat the building with oil,” Town Supervisor Dan Connell said.
The new boiler will cost $14,900 with a shipping cost of $505 for freight. The boiler should take three to four weeks for shipping and should be installed before the winter season.
Department of Public Works Supervisor Dennis Westover said the new furnace could be installed by connecting new pipe lines with existing lines for an easier installation.
The highway department building will also be having a new oil/water separator installed. The current system is in violation of DEC regulations and is in need of immediate replacement.
Connell said the machine has been ordered, the last step is for the specifications for the piece of equipment to be reviewed before it’s installation can begin.