Voters reject propane-only heating plan at Lafayette Regional School
Voters met May 8 for a special meeting in the multi-purpose room at the school, which serves students from Easton, Franconia and Sugar Hill in kindergarten through sixth grade. After about two-and-a-half hours of debate, they voted down a proposal to remove the current oil-heating system and to replace it with one that only uses liquefied petroleum (LP) gas.
After the annual meeting, a group of voters successfully petitioned to reconsider the matter at a special meeting.
On Tuesday, Luther Kinney, who succeeded Peabody as head of the school board, said “a record turnout” of voters came to the May 8 special meeting, adding that proponents of both the LP and wood pellet systems spoke passionately about them.
“Both systems” — LP only and oil/wood pellets — “would save the school a considerable amount of money versus the oil we are currently burning,” said Kinney, noting that “the LP system has a much lower upfront cost to install and also was easier in terms of space limitations.” Peabody previously said that using wood pellets would require storing them close to where they will be used and also enlarging the boiler room.