Archive for Thursday, November 16, 2006

Lights go out tonight on purpose

November 16, 2006

After midnight tonight, Baldwin City will go dark. But, it's on purpose.

Rob Culley, Baldwin City power plant supervisor, said residents will experience short electrical outages between midnight and 7 a.m.

"As a part of our general maintenance plan, we will be testing and servicing the circuit breakers at both power plants, as well as the Newton Street Substation," said Culley. "This will require a short city-wide outage, as well as a short feeder by feeder outage. These outages should be limited to approximately 15 minutes."

Culley has been getting the word out by informing all businesses and notices have also been delivered to all residents. City Administrator Jeff Dingman said the testing is necessary and informing the public is vital.

"As for the outages, they are a necessary step for safely performing some maintenance and testing on our equipment," said Dingman. "With the notices, we're trying to eliminate the surprise and reduce the inconvenience as much as possible."

And, there's another scheduled outage for Monday, but it doesn't involve the whole city. It will be done between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. Monday.

"Testing on this date will only include the downtown business district, Baker University and the residents who live between Ames and High streets and between Sixth and 10th streets," said Culley. "It will be done well before 7 a.m., too."

Questions can be answered by calling the power plant at 594-3261.

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