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Commissioners hear about Duck Creek and County Buildings
Posted on: 08/02/2013
By  Mike Cullums
The Washington County Commissioners met yesterday in their regular business session.
Darlene Lukshin, development specialist with OSU Extension, updated the commissioners on the Duck Creek Flood Warning System, which consists of three stage and streamflow gages plus a new addition.
"We have one rain gage that the Ohio Emergency Management Agency installed," Lukshin says.  "It is at Stanleyville.  The Washington County portion of this project is complete."
The commissioners also heard from Russ Ely with Palmer Energy. He explained that a recently completed energy audit of county buildings was facilitated through the County Commissioners Association of Ohio.
The energy audit looked at the Courthouse and its annex, the county home, plus the Job and Family Services and health department buildings. Ely said the results were positive, but in government-world there is actually a downside to that.
"The buildings are in very good condition, especially in view of the buidling ages and technology," Ely says.  "The other good news is the cost of your energy is reasonable, so you have realtively in line energy costs."
"The other side of the sword is that makes it hard to justify an investment in your assets.  You don't have a stream of wasted energy."
The commissioners also met with County Auditor Bill McFarland about upgrades to financial system technology.

Interviews conducted by Jamey Styer.
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