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Kiowa City Council approves purchase of second generator


February 22, 2017

Kiowa's City Council has talked at length about purchasing a second generator to better serve the city. At a special near one-hour meeting Friday morning, the council approved a new generator.

Mayor Brandon Farney called the meeting to order with the following members present: R.L. Simpson, Russell Molz, Brian Hill and Tom Wells. Bill Watson was absent. City Administrator Lou Leone attended as did City Clerk Marlo Rugg.

Leone said the council approved purchase of a two megawatt generator. The purchase is from High Plains Power Systems of Topeka. The amount is $275,000 for the generator that has 173 hours on it which Leone said is “like practically new.” He added that this generator was the first one they considered and was the best of two options.

The administrator reminded that Kiowa is a 2.2 megawatt city. With Kiowa's existing generator and the new two megawatt generator, Leone said the city will be able to generate 3.5 megawatts of power at once which is more than needed to power the entire city.

“It will be state-of-the-art,” Leone said.

The entire cost of the new generator project will be near $600,000, Leone said. It will cost an estimated $10,000 to move the generator from Michigan and a concrete pad will have to be installed, etc.

Leone estimates the new generator should be up and running by July 1.

“We're doing this without loans. We're using our electric revenues,” Leone said. “And we're improving and updating the systems.”

The administrator said they bought the generator on a lease from Citizens Bank of Kansas in Medicine Lodge. “They had the most competitive bid,” Leone said.

In other business, in applying for a USDA loan, Leone said the city needs a comprehensive water survey. This is to fund the contract with BG Consultants for water and sewer improvements.

The administrator said the water survey was not part of the original contract. He said this will not cost the city money. Explaining, Leone said, “We are applying for a grant to pay for it all. If we don't get the grant, we don't need the water survey.”


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