Norwich’s Tracy Hall energy project needs robust competitive bidding

Paul Manganiello’s letter ably laid out the case for energy upgrades to Tracy Hall (“Vote yes on Article 1 for Norwich’s energy future,” July 22), for which $2 million was authorized on March 3 by only 48 votes. Voters have the option to reconsider this vote as Article 1 on Aug. 11, the date of the Vermont primary.

After the March vote, two energy engineering experts were invited privately to review the proposed project and its price tag. They suggested much more cost-effective engineering solutions, incorporating energy-efficient ventilation, to achieve the same goals as proposed. The savings could amount to as much as $450,000 — money that could be productively applied to other town capital funding priorities.

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