Department moves Lincoln County satellite office, expands service and improves efficiency

Open house scheduled for Feb. 18

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Volume 37-044 For Immediate Release: Feb. 11, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, -- While comedians and philosophers might still debate why the chicken crossed the road, there is no question why the Department of Natural Resource's Lincoln County Satellite Office did the same: to expand and improve service and efficiency.

The Lincoln County Satellite Office, which serves Lincoln, Montgomery, St. Charles and Warren counties, recently moved out of the Cuivre River State Park's Visitor Center near Troy across State Route 147 to a renovated facility within the park. The physical move was relatively short -- only 200 feet -- but it will allow for expanded service in Lincoln County by St. Louis Regional Office staff who have additional areas of expertise.

The new building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, had been used for 20 years as a storage building, according to Paul Mueller, an environmental specialist who has been operating the satellite office since 1996. Mueller, who has been providing local assistance and conducting concern investigations regarding water pollution, public drinking water and solid waste, will be joined at the satellite office by Courtney Tieman, an environmental specialist whose duties will focus on hazardous waste and solid waste issues.

Considerable work was done on the building to convert it from storage to office space, Mueller said, with environmentally friendly and energy efficient features used whenever possible. An open house to see the new office and meet office staff is scheduled from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 18.

"The goal was to take the historic building, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, update it to a modern office building with internet and network capabilities, and show that this could be done using green technology to maximize efficiencies, while maintaining the historic integrity of the structure," he said.

Key to the renovation was the introduction of energy efficient lighting. The overhead light fixtures were replaced with new T-8 fluorescent light fixtures.  The light bulbs in the conventional light fixtures were replaced with compact fluorescent bulbs.  Outdoor lighting is by a compact fluorescent spot light, on a day light sensor.

In the bathroom, the toilet was replaced with a new low flow toilet and a small energy efficient, point of use, water heater that can be turned off during long weekends was installed.  The historic handmade doors were given a fresh coat of stain and then storm doors were installed to increase the energy efficiency.  Storm windows and weather stripping also were installed to increase energy efficiency.  A ceiling fan was installed to increase the efficiency of the existing heating and cooling equipment.  An Energy Star® programmable thermostat replaces the existing mercury thermostat, which was properly recycled. 

The furniture for new staff was acquired from state surplus, giving the unused furniture new life.  A comingle recycling bin was acquired from the local solid waste hauler, so all paper, metal and plastic is recycled.  The carpet is made out of recycled soda bottles; the door mat is made from recycled tires. 

The Lincoln County Satellite Office is one of five satellite offices throughout the state that is located at a state park. Missouri's 85 state parks and historic sites are managed by the Department of Natural Resources' Division of State Parks.

To reach the satellite office, call 636-528-4779. For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at www.mostateparks.com

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