Jamestown BPU Board of Directors Removes Energy Efficiency Program Coordinator Position
The Council of the Jamestown Utility Board voted to delete the Energy Efficiency Program Coordinator position.
The civil service position was established in 2009 to develop, implement and administer energy efficiency incentive and rebate programs in the BPU territory. Dan Reynolds had held this position since 2009.
General director Dave Leathers said the work under the title has changed significantly over the past 13 years, with the workload shifting to system enhancements versus customer discount programs, “System level enhancements are LED streetlights that are installed throughout the community, advanced metering infrastructure projects, all we’ll be working on is the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, so the difficulty with a utility station similar to city stations is that it This is a civil service position which has minimum qualifications.
Leathers said that because of those qualifications, they couldn’t just place the current employee in another job. He also responded to a concern raised by a citizen Doug Field about the elimination of the title before New York State tried to “electrify everything”, “If we are looking at electrifying buildings and we have to help people with electrical services, it’s probably an engineer electrician, not the person qualified for the position of energy efficiency coordinator with an environmental science degree. It was therefore a very difficult decision that was taken, but it is a necessary decision for the public service.
BPU’s board also approved the purchase of two new garbage trucks at a cost of $449,650. These vehicles will replace a 2015 and a 2017 garbage truck that will be sold. Leathers said it doesn’t expect delivery of the new trucks until 2023.
Leathers Added City Riverwalk Lighting Project began with the installation of lights on the BPU silo. He thanked the Jamestown Fire Department for their help in watering the silo to clean the surface.