Energy-efficient Windows Being Installed at City Hall



ELLSWORTH — The 70-year-old windows at City Hall are being replaced this week with energy efficient windows.

Chad McIntire (left) and Clayton Cossette of Mainely Vinyl began replacing ancient windows at City Hall Monday with energy-efficient panes. —JENNFIER OSBORN
Chad McIntire (left) and Clayton Cossette of Mainely Vinyl began replacing ancient windows at City Hall Monday with energy-efficient panes. —JENNFIER OSBORN
This means come winter, City Hall employees won’t have to worry about getting snowed on or windblown working in the offices.

“Right now with these windows, we put plastic over them to keep the wind out — literally — and we can see the plastic moving all the time,” said City Manager Michelle Beal.

The city expects the windows to pay for themselves the first year.

The windows will provide a “huge savings energy-wise,” said Doug Kohut, the city’s custodial superintendent.

Mainely Vinyl is replacing 29 single-pane windows with “double-hung insulated” windows, Kohut said. The total cost is $22,600.

Mainely Vinyl employee and Ellsworth taxpayer Clayton Cossette quipped, “It’s not every day I get to install something I pay for.”

The city consulted the Ellsworth Historical Society on the window project as City Hall is a historic building.

The windows’ exteriors will remain the same. Beal said she didn’t think anyone would notice a difference.

The city is donating one window complete with a roughly 25-pound cast iron window weight to the historical society. The rest of the windows will be sold.

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