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The July 21 Council of Governments meeting began with routine business, but adjourned to a lengthy executive session with all voting delegates, after which members reluctantly took action on some cost-cutting measures due to the present economic conditions. Because of a shortfall of revenue, a result of the economic downturn, COG's expenses have surpassed current revenues and cuts are needed. The decision was made based on COG's average monthly income over the last quarter, with the expectation that revenue will probably continue to decline over the next several months. Additional measures will be considered in the future if necessary. Motions carried to lay off Sewage Enforcement Officer Duane Wood, and to lay off Office Manager Karen Trynoski for two days per week, both actions effective as of August 8.
At the July 21 meeting of the Elk Lake and SCCTC school boards, the district's energy education specialist, Kim Guiton, presented a report on the program's success. Beginning in November of the previous year, the program's primary goals were to maintain both comfort and safety. This meant, she said, that while the district was trying to save energy, the administration did not want to do so by making rooms too hot, too cold, or too dark. These goals were pursued in a variety of ways. Ms. Guiton would walk around the school at night, identifying rooms which were heated when they shouldn't be, or equipment running when it wasn't needed. Usage was examined during occupied times, for consolidation purposes, diagnostic loggers reported current temperature, relative humidity, and lighting levels, and an energy policy and guidelines were created and maintained. The overall plan was to reduce dollars by reducing consumption.
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