Herbst: Sandy Proves Need for Town Building Generators

Town Hall will get a new generator and Trumbull High School requires one because it also serves as an emergency shelter.

First Selectman Tim Herbst is encouraging members of town boards and commissions to volunteer at storm relief efforts to see the severity of the damage and the need for generators.

Herbst said the damage from Hurricane Sandy "is worse than Irene."

The Town Council approved a generator for Town Hall earlier this year, and a new alternative power supply is being researched to make Trumbull High School compliant as an official emergency shelter under state and federal code.

"You can't nickel and dime public safety," Herbst said.

"We've learned a lot from this," he added.

Police Commission member Albert Zamary, a member of the committee dealing with powering Trumbull High, said, "We're going to get that generator in the high school."

The source could be a natural gas fuel cell or a more powerful generator. Funding could come from government grants.

If THS had the required power supply, it "absolutely" would have opened for Hurricane Sandy, officials said.

Generators were powering Town Hall's servers Thursday, and people were still going there to pay there taxes despite the power outage.

Police Chief Tom Kiely said people go to Town Hall when they need non-emergency help, rather than the police.

"Town government must be able to function," Herbst said.

Tomorrow's Future November 02, 2012 at 10:36 AM
Let's look into a permanent solution - combined heat and power micro grid for around the high shcool that could power Trumbull Center and Town Hall Areas at about $.O3 to 04 per KWH compared to UI's high rates. ROI is 3-4 years see http://www.sikorsky.com/About+Sikorsky/News/Press+Details?pressvcmid=48ac934955303310VgnVCM1000004f62529fRCRD
Tere November 02, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I must say I'm very happy to see the town is being proactive. My street was clear of debris on Tuesday morning, branches were cut and removed from the street. Which is impressive compare to Irene that it took almost a week for the town to clean our street.
Raj Pillay November 02, 2012 at 10:21 PM
The progress in Trumbull on the power situation has been pathetic. UI is absolutely inefficient. Other towns have progressed faster than Trumbull and it looks like UI senior management need to be fired en masse. It looks like Trumbull residents and the town need to take matter in their own hands - some of the options can be (1) introduce competition by getting another company. (2) Have a scheme specifically for Trumbull residents to encourage use of solar / renewable power sources and reduce dependence on UI - which is an inefficient clueless monopoly.


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