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Russell City Council Hears Results of Electricity Study

Quinday City CouncilThe Russell City Council heard the results of an Electric System Reliability Study Tuesday afternoon following its regular work study session during a special meeting of the council.

The study was done by Energy and Resource Consulting Group, LLC of Denver, Colorado and the purpose was to look at the Russell Electric Department as a whole to find strengths and weaknesses.

ERG Consultant Philip Movish says the reliance on Sunflower Electric is really the weakest part of Russell's system and many of the recent outages were caused by Sunflower problems or failures.

"The greatest vulnerability that you've got, the biggest problem that impacts your reliability negatively here, is Sunflower's substation and there transmission lines," Movish said. "It's not the city's system, it's Sunflower. You are served by two very long transmission lines. Another problem you've got at Sunflower's station is that some of the equipment that's installed there has a real history of failure."

The council will readdress the issue at its next regular meeting in two weeks.

Also discussed in the special meeting Tuesday afternoon was a vote on the compensation Jon Quinday will receive as the Interim City Manager. It was unanimously approved that the city will pay Quinday $1500 a month, in addition to his current Police Chief salary, for his service. 

Tuesday's Work Study agenda topics included many subjects that will be readdressed in more detail in two weeks at the council's next meeting. Two of which were updates on Russell PRIDE Group's signage project and well rehabilitation and maintenance work that will soon take place.

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