Moran to hold off on electric decision


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October 2, 2018 - 11:15 AM

Moran City Hall

MORAN — Moran City Council members aren’t yet ready to decide from whom the city will purchase its electricity.
The Council heard proposals from Westar and the Kansas Municipal Energy Agency, both promising lower rates than what Moran currently pays.
Before they make a decision, however, City Clerk Lori Evans told Council members Monday she preferred to see a true “apples to apples” comparison.
That means Evans wants to ferret all the other costs so the Council has a truer sense of what the new energy contract will cost the city.
Moran’s existing pact with Westar runs through May 2020, although the utility giant offered the city an opportunity to tear up its contract at the end of the year for a lower rate.
If the city goes with KMEA, the earliest it could do so is when Moran’s Westar contract expires.
Still, that means the Council will need to make a decision, one way or another, by the end of the year.

COUNCIL MEMBERS will decide later whether to install security cameras at the Moran Public Library.
A member of the library board asked the city to consider such measures after the front entrance to the library sustained damage recently.
Police Chief Shane Smith described the incident as “isolated,” noting the alleged perpetrator has moved away from town.
Still, added security might be a good idea, Mayor Phillip Merkel noted, with city facilities in different locations around town.
Council members promised to consider the matter further.

IN AN otherwise truncated meeting, Council members voted, 4-0, to pay for employees’ flu shots, if their respective insurance plans do not cover the cost.
Evans noted her plan, for example, covers the cost of the shots, “but you never if know if somebody’s might not.”
Council members also agreed, 4-0, to pay for a medicine drop box at City Hall.
The box serves as a depository for residents to discard unused medications.
The cost of the box was pegged at $695.
Councilman Chad Smith was absent.

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