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Bucks County Employees Complain Of Air Conditioner Shutoffs During Hot Weather

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – Bucks County officials are taking a second look at an energy program that could save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars after several complaints from county workers at the courthouse in Doylestown.

County officials say the power curtailment program could save taxpayers as much as a quarter of a million dollars by shutting down the air conditioning in the late afternoon hours to cut peak load capacity.

But as the mercury climbs this week to near triple digits, the program has drawn complaints from some workers who want the county to reconsider.

“We don’t feel as though we’re being ridiculous in our request to ask the employees to share — basically a shared sacrifice — and we never, ever will look to put our employees’ health in any kind of danger,” says county COO Brian Hessenthaler.

So far this summer, the county has shut down the air conditioning in the courthouse and the prison between 3 PM and 6 PM on six days, including this past Monday and Tuesday.

Hessenthaler says they monitor the temperatures in the buildings, and if it gets too hot they’ll turn the system back on.

The county is not shutting the air down today, when temperatures are expected to top 100°.  A decision about tomorrow will come later this afternoon.

Reported by Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio 1060



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  • Stephanie Palmer

    If the air conditioning is to be shut off, I don’t understand why it wouldn’t be in the morning and late evening. They have chosen to shut it off during what is historically the hottest part of the day. I don’t have a problem with it, but then there are thousand of people in Bucks County who don’t even have air conditioning.

  • John

    They should just remove the AC units entirely. Think of all the Global Warming, er Global Climate Disruption that would prevent.

  • hadenoughuc

    boo hoo whaaa think of all the people outside working its still cooler inside .so shutup and just do your job you spoiled rotten office brats.

  • anders norsman

    Wonder if the Signers of the Declaration of Independence cried about airconditioning. These people need to stop crying.

  • john baptist

    its too late we are doomed!! expect famine, plague, wars and etc. to follow

  • Bucks County Backs Off Plan To Shut Off Air Conditioning At Courthouse « CBS Philly

    […] But it involved shutting down the air conditioning at the courthouse and the prison between 3 PM and 6 PM on certain days to cut peak load — and that drew complaints from county workers (see previous story). […]

  • j

    why isnt the media reporting on the thousands of deaths which have occured as a result of this global warming heat wave?

  • Samuel A. Maffei

    They’re shutting the AC down in the height of the heat! Keep it up. Soon a prisoner will sue you for cruel and unusual punishment. Then, this will all end.

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