Energy updates continue on Highland County government buildings


Work continues on an ongoing effort to update energy efficiency at the Highland County Courthouse, Highland County Prosecutor’s Office and other county buildings, according to Highland County Commissioner Terry Britton.

Britton said during a Wednesday commissioners meeting that Plug Smart, a Columbus energy efficiency firm, is continuing a project that began last year to make county buildings more energy efficient, including new wiring, HVAC systems and lighting upgrades.

Jim Mocas, a project manager at Plug Smart, recently told The Times-Gazette that over the summer his company will be working on upgrades in the Highland County Courthouse, the adjacent prosecutor’s office, the Highland County Administration Building, the Hi-Tech Center and the Highland County Justice Center.

Mocas said General Preservation, a historic building preservation company out of Columbus, is working on the project alongside Plug Smart by doing preservation maintenance on the exterior of the Highland County Prosecutor’s Office over the next few weeks.

Last year, workers with General Preservation did similar work on the courthouse, repairing gutters, scraping and repainting the white trim around the roof and repainting the gold dome on top of the cupola, as well as other projects, according to Mocas.

“They’re trying to maintain the historic presence,” Mocas said.

Goodburn said General Preservation has been doing work in Hillsboro on and off since 1972.

Also Wednesday, commissioner Jeff Duncan congratulated Ryan Matthews on becoming the new state president of the FFA. Matthews is a Highland County resident.

Duncan also congratulated Mel McKenzie on his hiring as the City of Hillsboro’s new safety and service director. Duncan said McKenzie has done an excellent job as the county’s Geographic Information Systems manager, and he hopes McKenzie will do the same in his new role.

Commissioners also passed routine financial resolutions.

Board president Shane Wilkin was absent.

Reach David Wright at 937-402-2570, or on Twitter @DavidWrighter.

Plug Smart working on wiring, lighting projects

By David Wright

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