By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

New car chargers activated and ready


August 22, 2019

The new car chargers were activated Aug. 14, said Superintendent Harlan Schmeling to the Moose Lake Water and Light Commission at its meeting Aug. 13. The monthly meeting was held a week earlier than usual because of schedule conflicts.

The new meters that are going to be installed on homes and businesses in the power company’s service area have been delayed until September, said Schmeling. The project to change all of the meters will just take two weeks once the remainder of the meters arrive.

Schmeling said that he had made an error last month on how much savings that the power company would realize now that it is obtaining power from AEP (American Energy Partners).

“I had said that it was .74 cents a kilowatt hour in savings but it is actually .54 cents a kilowatt hour,” he told the commissioners.

Commissioner Keith Carlson explained that he and city staff are continuing to meet to discuss what services could be shared with the city to save duplication of duties.

“We are looking at a limited scope of sharing services, such as accounting, the server and the phones,” he said.

City Clerk Katie Bloom added that the vendors the city uses said the plans to combine the services will work. Staffing and salary issues will be discussed next.

The commission is planning to allow its power customers to pay their bills online with a credit card. More information will be coming at a later date when the service is available.

The next meeting was set for Tuesday, September 17 at 3 p.m.


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