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November 22, 2011

Library repairs get board review

TERRE HAUTE — The Vigo County Public Library board of directors heard Monday that a massive overhaul of the library’s energy-related equipment has been completed.

The overhaul included replacing and updating the main branch’s massive windows; upgrading lighting; installing modern HVAC system control; and other improvements.

The upgrades will be paid for over the next 10 years from the library’s budget at an annual cost of about $82,000. At the same time, however, the improvements will save the library approximately $50,000 each year in energy costs, said Nancy Dowell, library director.

In 2011, the library has already paid approximately $120,000 in energy costs, according to figures provided to the board Monday night.

The library overhaul, which began last spring, was performed by Energy Systems Group, a Newburgh-based energy services and performance contracting company. ESG is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vectren Corp., a provider of electricity and natural gas.

The board on Monday also voted to permit the library to spend $10,000 to enhance its offerings to users of eReaders. The money will come from the library’s materials budget, Dowell said.

The board also voted Monday to take the first steps toward introducing Health Savings Accounts to library employees beginning in 2013. The HSAs will be offered to employees in 2013 along with more traditional “preferred provider organization” plans. However, the premiums for PPOs beginning in 2013 will be significantly higher, Dowell noted.

HSAs allow employees to pay greatly-reduced premiums in return for higher deductibles.

They are designed, in part, to encourage insured health care consumers to think about price when shopping for health care services and products.

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