Aldermen grant KCP&L authorization to continue service in Concordia

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

At the regular meeting of the Concordia Board of Aldermen, held Monday, Nov. 20, board members heard discussion about some of their concerns before adopting an ordinance to allow Kansas City Power & Light to continue serving the city.

KCP&L representative Steve Granger discussed several issues, including specific power outages.

“There was an outage on Dec. 25, 2016,” Granger said. “A switch gear was the cause of that one. Then, as you know, the substation at Missouri Highway13 and U.S. Highway 40 affects Concordia, Higginsville and a few other areas. Father’s Day 2017 was a stormy weekend. The first ‘blip’ in the first ‘blip’ in service knocked out about 80,000 customers, and the next one took out about 80,000, with every place in his district taken out.”

He said the first call from Concordia came in at about 6:43 p.m. Mark Dawson, also of KCP&L, pointed out that Concordia is in the Warrensburg area and Substation 228 covers Concordia. The pair reported that the area had 27 storms within a relatively short period of time, which is a little above average, costing KCP&L almost $14 million.

After discussion of some maintenance-related issues, the board unanimously approved the ordinance granting KCP&L authorization to construct, operate and maintain all appropriate facilities for carrying on a light, heat and power business; granting the right to use the streets and alleys and all other public places of the city; and prescribing the terms and conditions of the contract.

During the meeting, the board also unanimously approved a request by the Concordia Area Chamber of Commerce and the Main Street Coalition to place a message center in the area north of the clock tower in Central Park. Alderman Dwight Emde stated there would be handicap accessibility around the message center. The chamber has said it would spend another $1,500 for an adjacent sidewalk and the $10,000 cost would be split between the Chamber and Main Street.

The resignation of Municipal Judge Randy Shackleford was formalized at the meeting.

According to City Administrator Dale Klussman, Shackelford formally resigned in a letter he submitted to Klussman and then presented to the board. Klussman said the city will be looking to replace Shackelford sometime after Jan. 1, 2018.

The board also:

—approved payment of more than $1,800 to fix a police car that needs replacement of struts and tires;

—approved a motion to advertise to add a seventh officer for the police force;

—approved the agreement to install Purple Heart signs and for the city to use all avenues available at little or no cost to the city to notify the Concordia community that any Purple Heart recipient’s name can be submitted to the VFW for recognition.

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