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By Lois E Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

New generator to go online mid-August

 

August 2, 2018



The new generator at Moose Lake Power will go online on Aug. 15, it was reported at the commission meeting on Tuesday, July 17.

“The project is still on schedule,” Manny Day of NV-5 told the commissioners.

Day explained the steps that have to be completed.

“Ziegler Power Systems will come and work with Hunt Electric to finish the project,” he said.

“It looks good for urge testing (generation verification test) before Aug. 15,” added Superintendent Harlan Schmeling.

The commission approved a pay request from Corval Constructors, Inc., the company that is doing the installation, in the amount of $89,540.44.

Commissioner Keith Carlson gave a report about the recent Planning Commission meeting.

He said zoning for the cell tower proposed for the school district near the old elementary school is under consideration.

City Administrator Tim Peterson was present at the power commission meeting and said that Verizon, who had proposed the cell tower, is now more interested in installing small cell towers near the new school. The small antennas would be mounted at the top of power poles, he added.

“We have to check our right-of-way ordinance,” he said. “We are recommending that there be some restrictions put on them and that the signal does not interfere with other utilities, like a 911 antenna.”

Peterson added that the small cell antennas should not interfere with the proposed automatic metering antennas around the community that are going to be installed to read the new meters.

“You should put that in the agreement that if the small cell antennas do interfere, that those small cell antennas be moved,” he said.

An agreement is being written, said Peterson.

It was announced that the city council had approved the purchase of a $1 million bond from First National Bank to finance the purchase of a new generator.

The interest rate on the bond is 3.65 percent, and it will be repaid in five years, with the payments starting in November.

In other business, it was announced that a position as lineman had been offered to Robert Moffett, and that he had accepted.

The next meeting of the Moose Lake Power Commission was set for Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 3 p.m. at the power plant.

 

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