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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Selectmen Approve Charging Station at Town Hall

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s Board of Selectmen today unanimously approved the construction of an electric vehicle charging station behind Town Hall.

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The new electric vehicle charging station at Westport Town Hall will be in the rear parking lot.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

“This is another example of Westport taking the lead in this exciting technology,” First Selectman Jim Marpe said.

According to Public Works Director Stephen Edwards, who made the request, the charging station—which will run on the same grid that powers Town Hall—will take up one parking spot near the middle of the rear of the building.

“Hopefully, it won’t have a dramatic impact on the town’s budget,” said Marpe, adding that added electric bill would be “our donation” to green efforts.

Pippa Bell Ader, who serves on the Westport Green Task Force which is paying for the station, said that the station’s presence at Town Hall underscores town’s commitment to green initiatives.

Westport has four solar-powered charging stations at the Saugatuck train station eastbound platform and a fifth, on the grid, in a nearby commuter lot.

A charging station, initially on the grid, is planned at the Green’s Farms station, according to Steve Smith, the town’s Building Official who has overseen and championed the installation.

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Pipa Bell Ader (r) of the Green Task Force, and Public Works Director Steve Edwards explain to Board of Selectmen members today where the Town Hall charging station will be located. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


He said those funds have been used to purchase an electric vehicle for the Parks and Recreation Department, “and we have another $20,000 available for the charging station and a couple of bike racks.”

“Having this at Town Hall sends a really strong message,” second Selectman Avi Kaner, who participated by phone.

Ader noted that the charging station is designed so that “it could double in size if it turns out to be popular.”

She said that a vehicle typically takes about four hours to charge.

Kaner quipped that some meetings at Town Hall can take that long.

In addition to the town’s public charging stations, private stations open to the public are located at the Tri-Town Teachers Federal Credit Union on Jesup Road and at an office building at 495 Post Road East, both solar powered.

Additional stations are planned at 185 Main St., behind TD BankNorth, and in the parking lot at 1460 Post Road East, the shopping center anchored by Pier One.

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