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Whalan City Council has “powerful” meeting on October 14

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Government

The atmosphere was “charged” at the October 14 Whalan City Council meeting—but not in any bad way. Members of the council needed to discuss and make decisions on a number of electrical issues arising out of local projects underway.

The need for electricity at a recently moved house in town led to a discussion on the city’s role in the digging of trenches for power lines to go underground, and whether or not it would be in the city’s (and homeowner’s) best interests to encase those wires in PVC pipe to protect them from the gnawing of area critters. The consensus was that such protection would be a good idea. Policies will be established in consultation with the electric company to help guide similar situations in the future. The wires will be enclosed.

A second electrical matter concerned a July 20, 2013, letter to Whalan from Tri-County Electric (tabled from last month’s council meeting) asking how the city would like to deal with the idle service now existing on its town property water pump site. Tri-County’s policy is to remove an idle or unused service because it is not cost-efficient to continue maintenance and repairs at such locations. (They can also become safety hazards.) The letter stated that Whalan could continue service at the site, but it would cost the city a $348 annual fee, due each June. The council decided to disconnect the service (which has not been used in some time) and to rely on a portable generator if a water need arises.

And a third discussion on electricity focused on a preliminary observation by Tri-County of possible “over-clustering” on a utility pole near the construction of two new homes in town adjacent to the bike trail. The best options for that situation will be evaluated after further discussions with Tri-County staff.

In other Whalan

City Council business:

A special City Council meeting will be called for October 30, 2013, at 5 p.m., to consider a requested new construction variance. Notice about the meeting will go out to Whalan residents.

Discussion was held regarding the state and future of the Township Recycling Shed that sits on Whalan property. Research will be done to determine who is responsible for how and when this site can be cleaned up this fall.

It was noted that a log-jam exists under the bridge, an item referred for County consideration.

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