WENDELL - Residents may soon be able to make direct use of the town's green communities funds to fix up their homes. At their meeting Wednesday night the selectboard approved a request from the energy committee to use $37,500 of the funds available to the town for being a designated green community to allow residents to increase the energy efficiency of their homes.
According to the energy committee's request, the money will be used to complete work that an energy audit from Mass Save or Community Action says needs to be done. The town will pay up to $750 per household for costs not covered by either agency.
The energy committee feels that, while the funds will not directly help town buildings, it will serve to boost energy savings on the whole for the community. It is also hoped that once residents are able to make use of some of the funds themselves to conserve energy on the home front they will be more willing to approve the spending of funds, if necessary, for energy conservation at the town-owned buildings.
The funds will cover improvements to 50 homes, or just under 25 percent of the homes in Wendell, on a first-come-first-served basis.
To make use of the funds the home owner must submit an invoice for the work completed and a copy of the energy audit results to an energy committee representative. Any completed work that the representative feels might not be eligible for the funds will be brought before the entire committee for review.
The energy committee will then request a check be issued to the contractor through the town's normal bill paying process. This way the town would be paying the contractor directly.
The deadline to apply for funds is Aug. 31, 2014.
Nan Riebschlaeger, chair of the energy committee also confirmed that a Level 2 ASHRAE (formerly the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers) audit of the town's buildings will be conducted by the end of the month, after which a public hearing will be held so residents can hear the results of the audit.
The selectboard also briefly met with Charlie Bado about his application to the position of assistant building inspector. Bado does not currently live in Wendell but he owns property he rents out and admitted his long term goal is to move back to town after retirement. He is currently going through a continuing education program that will lead him to being certified as an assistant building inspector. Bado said he first became interested in the certification while working through the continuing education for his construction business and decided that by obtaining the necessary certification to be an assistant building inspector it would be beneficial for his own business. It was once the position was posted in Wendell though that he began to more seriously consider finishing the certification.
Roland Jean is the only other applicant for the position.
Selectman Daniel Keller thanked Bado for his willingness to work in Wendell. Bado said he would like the opportunity to give back to the community.
The board then closed for executive session for reason number one under Mass. General Law c30A, Sec. 21.