The LaFayette City Council approved a study of the city’s electrical grid at their meeting Monday night. The study will provide a comprehensive report on specifications of the grid that will not only benefit city employees in finding problems and making repairs, but also will be of use for others in the case of an emergency where outside assistance is needed. The study has long-term benefits to the city, but it is immediately necessary in order to get Substation No. 1 back online.
Electrical Superintendent Randy Norred told the council that Stewart Engineering submitted a proposal for the electrical distribution system and sectionalizing study in the amount of $72,500. He requested that the proposal be approved because contractors need the information the study will provide in order to get Substation No. 1 back online.
There were some questions from the council about putting the work out to bid, but City Attorney Mac Tucker said because it is a professional services contract that bids are not required.
Tucker noted that there were some issues with the proposal that he wished to have clarified. His main point of concern came on the ownership of the study files, which is not specified in the proposal.
Mayor Barry Moody noted that approximately 28 of the 36 municipalities in the AMEA had this study done, and that while there was some discussion about doing a partial study on the area affected by Substation No. 1, it would be better to go ahead and do a study on the entire system. Mayor Moody noted that in the event of an emergency, where the help of outside electrical departments was needed, the study would be like a roadmap to direct repairs.
Councilman Terry Mangram was an advocate of having the entire system studied and made a motion to allocate $72,500 in the upcoming fiscal year budget to have the study done. Upon request by Tucker, the motion was amended to specify that clarification of ownership of the study be obtained before entering into the agreement with Stewart Engineering. The motion was unanimously approved.
At the meeting the council approved a proclamation naming September as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in LaFayette. Nan Galik, a 10-year ovarian cancer survivor and founder of the ovarian cancer support group Teal Magnolias, was on hand to accept the proclamation. Galik thanked the council for their support of the cause and stressed that women need to know the symptoms of ovarian cancer and get tested to detect the early stages of the disease. She said that teal ribbons would be placed around LaFayette from August 31 to September 7 to help promote awareness.
The mayor and council thanked Galik for her work and congratulated her on being a survivor. Read the rest of this entry »