Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Updates coming for Moose Lake Water & Light systems


January 31, 2019

Commissioner Keith Carlson was elected the chair of the Moose Lake Water and Light Commission at the reorganizational meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Mayor Ted Shaw was welcomed to the commission as a member who represents the Moose Lake City Council.

Superintendent Harlan Schmeling reported that the new automatic meters had not arrived yet.

“They are a hybrid system being built just for us,” he said. “It is the policy of the energy department to have AMI (Automatic Metering System) to go on the grid. It will probably be mandatory in the future.”

Schmeling reported that he had talked to the city engineer about a concept drawing for the location of the fast chargers for electric vehicles. The cost would be $1,000 for the concept drawing.

The Level 3 fast chargers would charge a vehicle in 30 minutes compared to Level 2 chargers that would take two or three hours to charge a vehicle, it was said.

The commissioners stated that there should be photos of another site for the fast chargers and a design that could be provided by the company that would furnish the chargers. The company will be contacted about the information.

The commission accepted a bid from St. Germain’s Glass of $33,984 for new windows in the power plant, including new windows on the front of the building.

There is also a quote of $12,000 from A-1 Abatement for removing asbestos around the old windows as part of the project. That quote had been accepted previously.

It was said that the first bid for replacing the windows was $150,000. The windows that were approved will be energy efficient and have a bronze finish on the aluminum frames. The project is expected to take place in the spring.

The commission passed a motion to pay the final bill of $24,651.20 to Corvel to install the generator. The project is complete.

The next meeting of the commission will be Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m. in the meeting room of the power plant.


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