Board accepts conditions of grant contract for energy efficiency at Wastewater Plant

The Oakland Board of Mayor and Aldermen has unanimously accepted the conditions of a grant contract for energy efficiency services at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Board members took the action during their Feb. 19 regular monthly meeting on a motion offered by Alderman Kelly Rector and seconded by Alderman Billy Ray Morris.
The Memphis Area Association of Governments has approved a grant contract with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to provide professional services for increased energy efficiency at Oakland’s Wastewater Treatment Plant.
King Engineering prepared the Project Proposal. The MAAG selected the consultant, Dr. Larry Moore, to develop the Standard Operating Procedures for the increased energy efficiency.
The grant provides a $10,800 reimbursement for development of those procedures through the MAAG.
But because of the costs of the proposal and development of the procedures, the board has acknowledged that “unbudgeted expenditures” may have occurred or may still occur.
Those costs were not submitted to Town Recorder Tammie Hightower for presentation in the Budget Appropriation for the 2014-15 fiscal year.
So, Mayor Chris Goodman is directed to ensure that “all costs expensed” to Oakland for its participation in the grant are submitted by Public Works Director Harvey Ellis in a budget amendment for the board’s approval.
Further grant participations and all associated costs will be presented to the board before the application for the grant is submitted.