The Lincoln City Bi-Mart has agreed to perform some penance for not living up to a promise the corporate office made when they applied to build one of their stores in Lincoln City.
Bi-Mart agreed to construct their new store to what are called LEED standards which means it’s very energy efficient, very well insulated and is a lot less of a load on the local electrical grid than it could be. But they didn’t build it to LEED standards.
City Manager David Hawker said he doesn’t believe it was anything deliberate, but rather something that fell through the cracks over the several years it took to handle a lot of complicated issues and all the paperwork it took to get a building permit.
Hawker told his city council this week that he helped negotiate an agreement that will make up for the fact the building is not LEED certified. Hawker said Bi-Mart has agreed to sign up for Pacific Power’s “Blue Sky” electrical program which will ensure Bi-Mart will be getting a portion of their electricity from green energy sources, that they’ll have an energy audit done to target ways to make the new Bi-Mart building more energy efficient than it is, and that Bi-Mart will write a check to the city for $25,000 to help pay for plans to install city sewer to areas around Devil’s Lake. Right now Devil’s Lake residents are mostly on septic tanks, and officials say the ground is so saturated that the sewage is leaching out into the lake and feeding the algae that keeps it green instead of a clear blue.