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Clear Spring officials waiting on energy audit related to town hall upgrade

September 13, 2010

CLEAR SPRING -- The Clear Spring Town Council is awaiting results from a recent energy audit before it spends federal grant money to upgrade town hall.

Town Clerk Juanita Grimm said a home performance analyst audited the building Sept. 9, identifying repairs that would improve energy consumption.

It could take about two weeks to receive the energy audit report, she said.

Numerous projects could improve the energy efficiency of the building on U.S. 40, Mayor Paul D. Hose Jr. said.

Hose said that according to the analyst, replacing the drop ceiling with drywall and filling it with 12 inches of blown insulation; weather stripping the two front doors; sealing the basement windows; making the basement an indoor space; and opening the heat duct in the basement all would improve the building's efficiency.

The council likely will discuss the report during its Oct. 11 meeting, Grimm said.

Clear Spring received a $5,000 grant to upgrade the building from the Maryland Energy Administration, she said.

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