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By Lois E Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Power Commission extends quote deadline for window replacement

 

January 3, 2019



The Moose Lake Power Commission once again discussed the quotes for replacing the windows in the power plant at the monthly meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Only one quote had been received. Superintendent Harlan Schmeling said a quote from another company was promised but hadn’t been received.

He was asked to contact the company that had promised the other quote once again to see if the quote would be sent.

The quote from St. Germain’s was much lower than the quote that the commission had received previously from another company. The St. Germain’s quote did not include the front windows. It was suggested that the cost of replacing the front windows be added in and new quotes requested.

The removal of asbestos from around the windows by A-1 Abatement of Carlton was quoted at the cost of $12,605.

“Let’s give it another 30 days,” said Commissioner Keith Carlson. “Let’s see if we get that other quote.”

The AMI meters have been ordered, reported Schmeling. They will not be installed until after the first of the year. A project manager from Tantalus, the company that is furnishing the meters, has been assigned to the project in Moose Lake.

There was discussion about installing a fast charger for electric vehicles in the parking lot near the liquor store.

The commission has chosen that location, after considering various other locations. Components, such as bollards to protect the chargers, a concrete pad and landscaping, were discussed.

The cost of the charger is $68,000 and it includes a concrete pad, said Schmeling. He added that a civil engineer will take a look at the site and make recommendations.

City Administrator Tim Peterson said that the city council needs to approve the site but a good drawing of the location of the fast charger on the site was needed.

Commissioner Curt Yort suggested that there be signs on the freeway to let people know the fast charger is available in the city. Schmeling said he would contact the Minnesota Department of Transportation about the signs.

Mike Kumm, consultant, met with the commissioners about some last details that needed to be cleared before the new power provider, AEP, takes over Jan. 1. Motions were passed to make the necessary changes.

The organizational meeting was set for Jan. 15, at 2:30 p.m., and the monthly meeting was set at 3 p.m. that same day.

 

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