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minutes of Feb 10th 2009 meeting

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Southern Tier Chapter
Head Mechanics Association

· Meeting held at Johnson City Transportation Dept.

· In Attendance: Mark Kozina (UECSD) / Mark Painter (NVCSD) / Bill Hawk (WCSD) / Scott Kenyon (WCSD) / Gary Huttleston (Retired) / Gary Ingrham (SVCSD) / Jeff Stregiel (Zerostart Rep.) / Phil Bennett (Cook Bros.)

· Mark Kozina started our meeting by introducing Phil Bennett of cook Bros. Phil explained the topic of our meeting and introduced Jeffrey Stregiel, representing Zerostart cold weather starting aids.

· Jeff began our presentation by discussing the use of engine block heaters and the savings that can be realized by use of thermostatically controlled heaters.

· Zerostart has commissioned several studies across the nation with the closest study conducted in Reading Pa. The results were handed out to all in attendance. A marked savings in electrical use is evident in the results of the study. Electricity cost per truck from Nov. 2006 through March 2007 for a 12 hour night was $272.00. Once equipped with a thermostatically controlled block heater these costs were reduced to $27.00 per vehicle. A cost savings of $245.00 per truck. This study was based on $0.10 per kWh with a thermostat setting of 40-55 degree F.

· Cook Bros. can arrange for Jeff to conduct a survey for your fleet and compile information for presentations to Business officials, Boards, etc.

· Other Zerostart products retrofit kits, and application guides were also discussed. This brought Jeff’s presentation to a close.

· Much chapter discussion was held and topics included but were not limited to vehicle cold starts, computer module issues, personal shortages, looming budget deficits, etc. With this our meeting concluded at approximately 12 o’clock.

· Included in the minutes this month is a copy of our chapter meeting schedule for the coming year.

· We hope to see everyone at our next scheduled meeting on March 10th. Johnson City Bus Garage.

Cliff Halliday
Southern Tier Chapter

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