Council approves appointments

Posted February 6, 2013 at 4:28 pm

By Steve Peterson

Hawarden councilors made appointments on Jan. 23 with votes as 4-0 due to absence of Councilor Tim Kurth.

Councilors approved:

• Hawarden Public Works Director Tom Kane and City Administrator Gary Tucker to the Missouri River Basin Municipal Electric Cooperative Association as the city’s representative and alternate, who “shall represent the municipal utility in the business of Missouri River Energy Services (MRES).”

“We all get power through Western Area Power Association,” said Kane.

• Kane and Tucker to be the city representatives on the Missouri Basin Municipal Power Agency, aka MRES boards.

Councilors also approved an electric member resolution with MRES.

“It sets up guidelines and rules for a business or homeowner who wish to build a wind turbine or solar panel, or other device that might generate electricity,” said Kane. “It is something we need to have in place in case we have some people who are wanting to do that.”

“We also would have to look at our ordinances for safety issues, too,” said Tucker.

In other city business:

• Material from one completed project will be used in this year’s Street Improvement Project on Central Avenue.

“We will be taking crushed concrete from the West 10th Street Project and using it for the overlay project at Central Avenue. We will use about 3,000 yards of the 3,600 yards from the pile. That will save us $130,000 over the cost of buying that material,” said Kane.

The next Hawarden councilors’ meeting will be 5:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Hawarden City Offices. They are open to the public.

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