Link To Story The Post Star Newspaper ran an incredible story about Siemens Building Technologies contracts with Warren County for their heating and cooling projects. Some industrious critic did some serious research and analysis documenting the fiasco. He shows that the county, over fifteen years, spent approximately $4,000,000.00 with Siemens which saved them $1,000,000.00 in energy bills. In other words, they lost $3,000,000.00
Through some tricky wording about the way the cost of energy would be determined, Siemens inflated the savings the county realized.
I wrote earlier on Saratoga County’s agreement with Siemens for similar energy devices that turned out to be wasteful. In the case of our county, the magnitude of the loss was never disclosed. The energy plant was part of the nursing home that was sold. The buyer of the nursing home, recognizing that the energy plant was a loser, required the county to separate the plant from the deal and to decommission it.
As documented in my posts, I contacted both the Saratoga Springs Supervisors, Matt Veitch and Peter Martin, regarding the fiasco. I urged them to initiate a full investigation of the history of the plant to determine who was culpable for the fiasco and to what extent Siemens could be liable for the losses. Veitch made clear that for him the case was closed and nothing further would be done about it. Martin responded by telling me that he was passing my charge on to the County Administer and county attorney. As far as the public record goes, nothing was done.
Both Peter Martin’s and Matt Veitch’s failure to pursue this is an indictment of both men. It appears that protecting the ineptitude of the Saratoga County supervisors is more important than investigating the waste of huge sums of public money. The story in the Post Star does a great job showing how Siemens operates and how, at least in Warren County, the issue is still very much alive.