LCRA and City of Flatonia representatives present a $3,540 grant to the American Legion Jerome Michal Post 94 to install energy-efficient windows. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, from left to right, are: Danny Vyvjala, American Legion Jerome Michael Post 94 2nd vice commander; Sharon Vyvjala, American Legion Auxiliary treasurer; Joe Gajdos, American Legion Post 94 adjutant; Lori A. Berger, LCRA Board member; Bob Roberts, American Legion Post 94 commander; Dennis Geesaman, American Legion Post 94 finance officer; and Mark McLaughlin, Flatonia city manager.
American Legion Jerome Michal Post 94 soon will be able to reduce energy costs at its meeting hall thanks to a $3,540 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and the City of Flatonia.
The Community Development Partnership Program grant allows the group to replace 71-year-old single-pane windows on the meeting hall’s north side with new energy efficient double-pane and tinted windows.
The American Legion hall is the only venue in Flatonia and nearby areas with enough space to host medium- to large-scale events such as reunions, weddings, fundraisers and memorial services. The windows have been part of the building since its construction in 1947.
“Our current windows are not very effective in retaining heat and air conditioning,” said Dennis Geesaman, American Legion Post 94 finance officer. “Our monthly electric bills average $600 to $800. I estimate that we’ll save about 10 percent in electric costs each month when the new windows are installed.”
He said the reduced energy costs will translate into savings for community members using the hall.
“Hosting events in our meeting hall is a tradition in Flatonia and surrounding areas,” he said. “The money that we save on our monthly energy bills will allow us to keep reservation fees for the hall at an affordable level.”
The community grant is one of a number of grants recently awarded through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. The program provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA’s wholesale electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. The City of Flatonia is one of LCRA’s wholesale electric customers and a partner in the grant program.
Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted July 1-July 31. More information is available at lcra.org/cdpp.
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; ensuring a clean, reliable water supply; and offering access to nature at more than 40 parks, recreation areas and river access sites along the Texas Colorado River, from the Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to enhancing the lives of Texans through water stewardship, energy and community services. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934. For more information, visit
Source: LCRA Business News