The Village of Westfield is seriously considering entering into an agreement with Schneider Electric, a Pittsburgh-based energy management company, to upgrade its water treatment facilities.
The Village would work with Schneider on a performance contract basis. Needed upgrades to the water treatment systems would be made with an emphasis on energy management and maintenance savings. Projected energy savings to the village would be guaranteed by Schneider. The company would write a check for any shortfall should the projected savings not materialize.
David Kramer and Weston Ernst of Schneider explained that expenses to the Village and its businesses would be predictable because of the fixed-price contract, and said that added treatment plant capacity would facilitate business growth in the village.
The Performance Contract approach allows the village to avoid the low-bid requirements of normal state law, and to do all of its upgrades at one time under one overall plan.
The trustees were asked by Schneider to approve entering into the Investment Grade Audit contract at its February meeting. The company would then take three to five months to finalize the scope, cost and projected savings of the project, after which it would be ready to move forward pending final approval.
Other business before the board included the discussion of two properties, which the village views as vacant and abandoned, and the approval of monthly reports from all departments.