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Topics ranged from the new power substation to lot mowing requirements and employee health insurance during the St. Edward City Council meeting Monday night, Aug. 5.
Several topics were brought up during the Public Recognition portion of the meeting. Mayor Marvin Haas asked Loup Public Power District representatives for a presentation on the new power substation at 11th and Hardy Streets. Neal Suess, chief executive of Loup Public Power District, gave the presentation.
Suess recapped the March flood damage done to the substation and the decision to build a new substation along the route of the existing 34.5kV line in the most economical location for both the power district and the city.
“We met with several landowners and were rejected,” he said. An agreement was eventually signed to purchase a lot from the Nicklassons.
When Loup representatives were asked how many landowners were contacted, several names were mentioned. Travis Stephens said he owns property in that area and was never contacted.
Suess said Loup PPD is aware of neighbors’ concerns and will make an effort to be a good neighbor. He said they will “build out” underground from the substation as much as possible, and will also install a six-foot fence around the substation.
Suess noted that Loup has a professional retail operations agreement and a franchise with the city to operate the electrical system. Later this year, Loup will be bringing a new long term contract to the city for consideration.

Read the full story in the August 7 St. Edward Advance print and e edition.