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Madison County has energy efficiency loans for local governments
EDWARDSVILLE – Madison County Community Development has been designated by the county to administer the Energy Efficiency Loan Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Madison County Community Development Administrator Frank Miles said the funds are available for select local governments wishing to retrofit their facilities for heightened energy efficiency.
“These funds offer up to $100,000 with zero percent interest for projects that qualify as energy efficiency projects. The amount loaned can depend on the cost of the project, the public benefits provided by the project, and the local government’s financial needs,” Miles said. “The Energy Efficiency Loan Program provides an opportunity to improve buildings and reduce future utility bills.”
Each application will be evaluated and scored by Madison County Community Development. Depending on project costs and availability, the two or three highest scorers will receive loan funds.
Eligible projects will fall into one of five categories: energy efficiency retrofits, energy efficiency and conservation programs for buildings and facilities, energy distribution, reduction and capture of methane and greenhouse gases, and other appropriate activities.
The local government must use a qualified firm to conduct an energy audit and must prioritize energy efficiency as the cheapest, cleanest, and fastest way to meet energy demand. The project must increase energy efficiency, reduce energy consumption, and reduce energy costs through efficiency improvements in buildings and other appropriate sectors. Interested parties must submit an application no later than Aug. 1, 2016.
Eunice Smith seeks names of residents for history book
ALTON – As part of its celebration of 50 years of service to Alton and the River Bend community, Eunice Smith Home is producing a coffee table book with the history of the nursing facility and current and former residents.
ESH is seeking the help of anyone who would like to see their loved one’s picture and biography included in the book. ESH will select names to be included at a later date and participants will be contacted for additional information.
Beiser and Haine to host Community Shred Day
ALTON – State Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton, and state Sen. Bill Haine, D-Alton, will be partnering with Rotary of the Riverbend to host a free Community Shred Day on Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. until noon at 307 Henry St. in Alton.
“Folks can stop by the Community Shred Day to safely dispose of old bills, pay stubs, or other documents that may contain sensitive information,” said Beiser. “Identity theft is a growing problem, and shredding old documents is an easy way to protect yourself from fraud.”
Area residents are encouraged to bring unused credit cards or old documents that contain sensitive information, such as Social Security numbers, to be safely destroyed. There is a limit of two boxes per car, and cardboard boxes cannot be left at the event.
“Our Community Shred Day will be a great opportunity for folks to bring their old documents to a convenient location to guarantee that they are destroyed properly,” said Haine. “One way that identity thieves get ahold of personal information is rummaging through garbage. Shredding old documents is a simple way to ensure that it is harder for identity thieves to get access to your personal information.”
OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center to hold EMS Family Fair
ALTON – OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center is marking National EMS Week by hosting an EMS Family Fair on Saturday, May 14. It will be held on the front lawn area of the OSF Saint Anthony’s Campus, located at 1 Saint Anthony’s Way, Alton.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free to the public.
“EMS and fire are committed to keeping their communities safe, but they also are people from the community themselves,” said Laura Fowler, RN, EMS Disaster Coordinator for OSF Saint Anthony’s. “They are doing their job and they want you, your family and friends to feel comfortable calling them.”
Some of the features of OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center EMS Fair include:
• Hazmat demonstrations and vehicles
• Alton Fire House’s Smoke House and fire truck
• Survival Flight helicopter
• Alton Police Department’s K-9 Unit
• A Performance by the Marquette High School Cheerleaders
• Bounce house for kids
• Ski ball, games, face painting, prizes
Health-care professionals from OSF Saint Anthony's and members of local organizations will also be on hand to answer questions about poison control, mental health and wellness, as well as stroke, emergency services, tobacco avoidance and cessation, and wellness and health education.
Free hot dogs and popcorn will be provided by LifeStar Ambulance Service. The event also features music provided by DJ “Big Papa G.”