'Clean energy' plan questioned
By Hank Lohmeyer
Published Thursday, October 6, 2016 12:21 pm
The Delta County Commissioners want some light shed on a "clean energy" financing program that would involve joining a statewide special improvement district and use county offices for some program administration.
The BoCC on Monday heard a presentation from representatives of Solar Energy International of Paonia about a state program designed to encourage owners of commercial properties to install energy and water saving devices to their buildings.
As explained, the state program, called C-PACE, would require the BoCC to adopt a resolution "opting in" with the program on the state level. The county's resolution would enable commercial property owners to participate in the program by qualifying for 100 percent financing on projects, the BoCC was told.
The county assessor's office and county treasurer's office would also be involved in some administration of loans made by private investors, the SEI representatives explained.
Commissioners had a number of specific questions about financing arrangements, loan repayment procedures through property tax bills, the role of county offices, along with questions about the program's administration on the state level by an appointed seven-member board.
Commissioner Doug Atchley, a retired banker, questioned the program's requirement that a mortgage lender would have to subordinate its first position to a second so the loans for installing energy efficient equipment on a building could take the first position.
Atchley also questioned the SEI representatives about a news release from the program that appeared in the Montrose Press last week reporting that the C-PACE presentation would be made to the Delta BoCC this week.
The SEI representatives said a county decision to participate was needed by Nov. 7. Atchley and Commissioner Bruce Hovde said the county would not be making a decision in that short a time.
There weren't answers for all of the commissioners' questions and a work session to discuss the program will be scheduled, said county administrator Robbie LeValley.
In other business at their regular Oct. 3 meeting, the Board of County Commissioners dealt with the following matters:
• Commissioners approved a supplement to the county's 2015 budget allocating funds for a $6,000 excess in spending by the county Fair Board for that year. Commissioners were told that expenses exceeded receipts for a concert, a truck pull and an enduro cross event.
The resolution increases the Fair Board's budget appropriation for 2015 from $118,925 to $124,985. Money will come from "unappropriated funds in the Fair Board Fund."
• Commissioners approved a sketch plan for Apple Valley subdivision at 2375 Road and T50 Road, owners Edward and Dorothy Pew.
• The board gave conditional approval to a specific development agreement with Forgeworks on B50 Road, landowner Richard Morfitt, representative Arlan Collatz.
• Commissioners gave a conditional approval for the sketch plan of Weinstein Property subdivision, 475 Slidedown Road, owner James Robert Naylor, applicant David Weinstein.
• The board approved the replat of Lot 2 Carville subdivision at Crawford, owners Paul R. and Rebecca E. Burris, applicant Liz Heidrick.
• Commissioners approved the Nelson Exempt Land Division on Pheasant Rich Road, owners Richard H. and Johanna C. Nelson.