- Associated Press - Sunday, January 19, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) - The selectboard in the Vermont town of Brattleboro isn’t going to do an energy audit of town-owned buildings right now.

Instead, the town will consider establishing a fund for a more comprehensive audit that would be done in the next few years.

In a select board meeting last month, board member David Schoales asked interim Town Manager Patrick Moreland to see if $3,400 from a projected surplus could be used for the audit.

At a meeting last week, the board was asked to commit a portion of the money to the audit, but Moreland said that while there may be savings in the current budget it was too early in the fiscal year to allocate funds that may not be there at the end of the year.

But the board decided to possibly establish a fund toward a more comprehensive audit that would be done in the next few years.

The Brattleboro Reformer (http://bit.ly/1eHkuTF) reported the audit would include the municipal center, the Gibson-Aiken Center, Brooks Memorial Library, Nelson Withington Skating Rink along with the public works garage and waste water treatment plant buildings.

Selectboard Chairman David Gartenstein said he didn’t think $3,400 was enough.

“These buildings are complex. It is not in the town’s best interests given where we are,” he said.

Gartenstein said he wanted to find up to $50,000 to start a fund to audit town’s buildings, and the likely upgrades that would follow.

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