Minutes of April 15, 2009

The meeting began at 7:15 p.m. in the town hall.  Present were Jeff Brooks, Jim Forrest, Karen Haynes, Elise Kuder, Christa Patterson, Ann Sweet, Roger Sweet, and Bob Switzer.  Mark Paquette represented the selectmen.

Mission statement
After discussion of other communities’ statements, the group agreed on the following:
Our mission is to help Sullivan reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to save energy and energy costs, thereby reducing taxes.

Officers
Chairman:  Christa Patterson agreed to chair meetings.
Record keeper:  Ann Sweet offered to take notes.

Goals
Raise community awareness of opportunities for conserving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Place notices in prominent places.
Write regular and informative articles for the Sullivan newsletter.
Place information on the town website.
Look at municipal buildings to identify areas for energy conservation
Investigate audit possibilities for residential homes (as well as municipal buildings).
Explore alternative energy options, including wind power.
Find a way to look over the town to reveal special needs for weatherization and other energy saving programs.
Publicize any tax incentives for energy-saving actions (e.g., windows in 2009).

Next meeting:  May 20, 6:30 p.m. at the Keene Public Library
It was agreed to meet (perhaps carpooling) at the regional meeting for energy committees to focus on “shovel-ready” projects and options for funding these projects.  We hope to meet briefly after this meeting to consider our next steps.

Deliberations adjourned at 7:45 p.m. for a visit to the fire department.

Fire department visit with Al Henry, Chief
Chief Henry led us around the building, pointing out just the most obvious opportunities for reducing energy use:  replacing the outdated homeowner furnaces with more efficient producers of heat and sealing the big door closings to keep air out.  He noted that in one bay old lighting has been replaced with more energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs.  We told him we plan to explore options for energy audits of town buildings with funding from the Stimulus program, about which we expect to learn more at the May 20 meeting.

Notes by Ann Sweet