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More generators eyed as part of Ike recovery
Trinity Standard - June 2009
TRINITY – Additional emergency power generators are being sought by the City of Trinity as part of its plan to recover from Hurricane Ike and to prepare for the next major storm.
During last week’s city council meeting, City Manager Phil Patchett reported on a $515,000 Office of Rural Community Affairs (ORCA) grant being awarded to the city for storm recovery.
He noted that the grant would was earmarked to repair things damaged in September 2008 by Ike or to correct problems encountered by the city during and after the storm.
Among the items the city is seeking under the grant are generators that will power all of the city’s sewage lift stations.
Patchett said the money also would be used to permanently mount three power generators the city purchased during Hurricane Ike to power the city water system; repair damage at city ground storage water tanks; and to equip with city’s storage tanks with monitors which will report water levels.
The city manager added he had been advised by ORCA that additional grant money – perhaps as much or more than the $515,000 -- could be awarded to the city in the very near future.
Patchett told the council that in that “second wave” of funding, he would like to obtain a large generator for the Trinity Community Center and build shower facilities.
With the generator and showers, the community center could be used as an evacuation center and storm shelter for extended periods.
During the meeting, the council also:
• Agreed to sell two alley right-of-ways adjacent to Faust Distributing Co. (Formerly Holloman Distributing Co.) for $1,500. Arch Maples of Melder Real Estate approached the council about the matter, noting that the distributing company already owns most of the property adjoining the alleys and wanted it for future expansion. The council agreed to retain a 45-foot long section of one of the alleys that adjoins 1.5 lots owned by George Gallagher.
• Approved an ordinance proposed by Entergy that will allow the electric utility to decrease its rates during July, August and September as part of a $67 million credit that is being returned to its customers.