NEW ULM - The New Ulm Public Utilities Commission will meet at 5 p.m. today in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
The PUC will consider accepting a grant from Heartland Consumer Power District to augment the cost of installing new efficiency lighting in the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The grant is intended to assist Heartland customers in improving costs in their city facilities. The New Ulm Public Utilities has been approved for $5,000 towards the $10,000 project that will replace the facility's high pressure sodium lights with LED lights. The payback through savings is anticipated to take just under five years.
In another matter, the PUC will also consider authorizing staff to prepare plans and set a bid date for the Minnesota River Bank Stabilization Project. The project is aimed at ending continual river bank erosion at the 69kV transmission line crossing from the Ridgley Substation at 20th North Street and Water Street. Current erosion has created some exposure of the line anchors and will eventually endanger the poles. The project is anticipated to cost $92,560. The project will be put out for bids on Jan., 27, 2013, instead of more competitive times due to the need to get the project completed before additional erosion occurs.