Archive for Wednesday, February 6, 2002

Weather trips council plans on electricity

February 6, 2002

Last week's winter storm put an agreement between Baldwin City and Kansas City Power and Light on ice for awhile.

Utility Director Terry McKinney told the Baldwin City Council Monday night that a contract with KCPL to provide an electric feed to Baldwin from Ottawa hasn't been looked at yet.

"Our agreement was sent to KCPL," McKinney said, "but because of the weather problems, it will at least be another week before they look at the revised contract."

The feed from Ottawa would be in addition to the feed already running to Baldwin from Gardner.

Council Member George McCrary said he thought it would be an asset to the city to have an additional feed.

"This is always a hot topic," he said. "But I just want to say how important this is to have a second feed in town.

"But I don't want people to think we can do without the power plant," he said. "That is such an asset to the community and the university. We need the second feed, but don't get rid of the power plant."

Mayor Ken Hayes said he agreed the second feed is important.

"The way I look at it, it's better to have two lifelines than one," he said.

The council will decide whether to approve the contract at the next council meeting.

In other business, the city council:

Approved 5-0 to authorize the city staff to request bids to construct a new electric feed to serve west Baldwin and the proposed new school property on U.S. Highway 56.

Heard a report from the city staff about last week's ice storm and the repairs that were needed.

Approved 5-0 to amend the minutes of the June 1998 council meeting to correctly renumber an ordinance.

Met in executive session for 30 minutes to discuss personnel.

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