Archive for Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Electrical outages are varied

November 22, 2006

Short and sweet was the key phrase Friday when the Baldwin City Council met. The meeting lasted barely five minutes. Also, Friday was a big day for the electrical department which finished all necessary work resulting in no power outage Monday.

Originally, Rob Culley, power plant supervisor, planned a city-wide outage Friday and another Monday morning in the downtown and Baker University area. The outages were to allow routine maintenance of the system. Friday's outage happened as planned; Monday's didn't.

"They did everything they needed to do on Friday morning and did not need to have the outage this (Monday) morning from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. as planned," said City Administrator Jeff Dingman.

However, part of Baldwin did experience an outage Monday around 9 a.m. It wasn't planned, but didn't last long.

"The northeast feed was tripped this (Monday) morning by a now-crispy squirrel in a fuse box," said Dingman. "It was down about half an hour."

The city council met Friday at 4 p.m. instead of the usual 7:30 p.m. Monday because of a problem with a quorum. There weren't enough council members in town Monday. Four got together Friday and approved bills, which was the only item on the agenda.

Dingman did tell the council that the Women's Bridge project on High Street between 10th and 11th streets would start soon.

"We met with the tree subcontractor for the bridge project Monday morning and told him he could start anytime with removal of trees that are in the way," he said. "LRM's utility subcontractor will start next week prepping what he needs to for his boring contractor, which will bore under the creek just north of the bridge for the new section of waterline on Dec. 4.

"The replacement of the section of waterline is the first part of the project, so they don't have to worry about a waterline when they finally dig into the bridge itself," said Dingman.

He said there will be street closures involved in the process, which will eventually replace the historic bridge. The $1.2 million project is being funded 80 percent by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation.

"Eleventh Street will probably be closed for a few days when they're doing the waterline," said Dingman. "When that's finished, Eleventh Street will open up before they close High Street. I don't know yet specifically when that will be.

"They're not supposed to have them both closed at the same time," he said.

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