Citizens for Emergency Preparedness (CEP) announced Thursday it is prepared to step up to the plate in an effort to raise funds for a building project at Brookings-Harbor High School.
The school district recently received three 100 kilowatt diesel-powered back-up generators donated by Qwest.
The generators are presently being housed at the districts bus barn, but will eventually be utilized as an emergency power source at the high schools new addition.
The cost to build an annex to house the generators and a fuel storage tank adjacent to the new facility has been estimated to cost anywhere from $60,000 to $200,000, said district Superintendent Paul Prevenas.
On Thursday, Prevenas told CEP members that getting the generators was a good thing, but only one step in making them useful.
We have a long way to go yet, he said. Until they are hooked up, they dont do us any good.
We are dependent on getting outside funding for the job. The district doesnt have any funding committed to the project.
There was no cost for this project figured into the bond.
Prevenas said one possible source for funding might be grants.
Buzz Hansen is working with the port (of Brookings Harbor) to get a grant proposal completed, he said. My understanding is that Russ (Crabtree, port manager) is working on a grant to help get some funding.
We havent come to the point in time where funding is a problem, but by next spring, when we solicit bids for the building project, it could become a problem.
Our architect has been directed to include the generator annex into the building plans.
Committee member Marti Arrell said she understood Crabtree was working on a couple of angles for funding.
I think he is looking at a FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Administration) grant, she said, but first looking at state (Oregon Emergency Management) funds.
Its my understanding that matching funds will be needed, but I also understand that the generators, and the cost of transporting and storing them, can count against those matching fund requirements.
Arrell said that CEP still wants to help out in raising funds for the project if possible, since the entire community would benefit from having the emergency generators at the high school.
We are trying to figure out how to go to the community for funds, she said. We need a figure to take to the community.
CEP is committed to raising funds.
Prevenas said there were three primary factors that needed to be addressed in discussing the emergency generator project:
The 300 kilowatts of power the generators can produce are not enough to run the entire high school addition. Electrical engineers say the total load for the facility will be closer to 400 kilowatts, so in an emergency the entire facility could not be operating at one time.
A fuel tank and exhaust systems for the generators have to be included in the project. It is the districts intention to house the fuel tank in the annex with the generators. The district would like the fuel tank to have a large enough capacity to keep all three generators running for four or five days continually.
The architect estimates it will cost $80,000 to attach the annex to the new high school addition. That figure does not include the cost of the electrical portion of the project.
Prevenas said the next step in the process is to hear back on some indiction of the potential for grant funding. He added that information is not needed immediately, but soon.
In three to five months we will be putting out bids on the high school addition, he said. We need this resolved before then, so we have a couple of months.
We need to decide, Do we include the annex in the master plan?
We need to keep momentum going on this project. Once we hear from the port, we will know where were going.
This whole thing keeps growing. It started out with one generator, but we still think it will work out.