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By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

New electric meters coming May, electric car chargers in the works


February 28, 2019

The new electric meters in the water and light service area will be installed in May, it was said at the meeting of the Moose Lake Water and Light Commission on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

“We will notify the customers when we are going to get to their area,” said Superintendent Harlan Schmeling.

The new windows in the power plant will also be installed in late April or early May, after the asbestos around the old windows is removed.

“Once the asbestos is removed, the windows will be boarded up until the new windows are installed by St. Germains,” Schmeling told the commissioners.

The commissioners considered the quote from A-1 Abatement for removing the asbestos but a vote failed because it was the only quote received. Schmeling was asked to request quotes from other companies before a quote was approved.

Schmeling informed the board that the generator on the new gas electrical generator failed in recent tests. The generator was removed and taken in for repairs.

“We need generator capacity by May,” said Schmeling. “The unit is under warranty.”

The purchase and installation of the fast chargers for electric vehicles was discussed.

A site abutting the sidewalk on the corner of the parking lot by the liquor store is the potential site, it was shown on two Google photos of the area. Schmeling said that snow removal and storage from the parking lot was considered in designating a location for the chargers for electric vehicles.

He added that there will be two chargers on the site, a Level 2 charger and a Level 3 charger, for faster or slower charging times. There will be room for four vehicles on the site. Each charger can be used by two vehicles at a time, if necessary.

Schmeling was asked to check into the monthly cost of having a sign on the freeway to inform drivers that electric chargers were located in the city.

“There are apps on cell phones that show where the chargers are,” Schmeling replied.

The company that will install the chargers will be asked for a design for the site. There was also discussion about where power line to the site will be.

No decision was made.

There was discussion about replacing a voltage regulator in the north substation. The project is scheduled for next year, it was said. A motion to purchase the Siemens voltage regulator at the cost of $52,020 was approved.

The next meeting of the commission was moved to Tuesday, March 12, at 3 p.m. in the power plant conference room.


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