HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Tonight, the Harrisonburg City Council will be hearing an update on plans to make upgrades to the public safety building, along with two other buildings in the city.
Some council members say it could make the buildings more eco-friendly.
The finance committee is discussing ways to pay for the project.
At tonight's meeting, the city manager will make recommendations on paying for the upgrades. Council members have asked that the costs be under $2 million.
Charles Chenault, a member of the City Council, said the upgrades are necessary because the public safety building is wasting money on energy costs in the buildings. Lighting, ventilation and cooling towers would be upgraded as part of the renovations.
The 911 center is in the public safety building. ABM, one of the bidders for the contract, projected if its company did the project it would lead to more than $150,000 in energy cost savings each year, which some council members say is much needed.
"It's almost a moral obligation of the city to try to be as efficient as we can be," said Chenault. "So we just start from that premise, we've got an obligation to do this just from a baseline standpoint."
Other city council members have expressed concern about if using this specific company is the best way to go in terms of costs. That issue may come up tonight, but council members could also decide whether to move forward with the project. Tonight's meeting starts at 7.
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