RC Council Approves Power Franchise Agreement - In The Dark
Wed, 06 Dec 2017 06:03:46 EST
Some might say it was like salt in a wound, but the Rogers City Council approved of a 30 year power franchise agreement with Consumers Energy, while being without electricity.
Much of Rogers City had been without power Tuesday, and while the council has been working on finalizing the agreement for several weeks, the effort wrapped up last night with the sound of a generator in the background after a public hearing and then adoption of the agreement.
The new version is pretty much a carbon copy of an earlier version.
In general, Consumers has to adhere to Public Service Commission rules and regulations. It also allows Consumers the right, power and authority to construct, maintain and commercially use electric lines in its distribution system within the city, including city owned and maintained right of way or alleyways.
The council also approved of a similar agreement with cable T.V. provider Charter Communications, maintaining a three percent rate level for the city which the council felt should be earmarked for technology items. Some discussion was held on the status of the public access channel and Mayor Tom Sobeck said afterward, that issue continues to be worked out.
Representatives from the utility were to continue dialogue with Rogers City School and city officials for needed equipment. The plan calls for a student run communications class being responsible to maintain and operate the channel.