Cov­ing­ton pur­chases more MEAG power

City rewrit­ing or­di­nances for util­ity price changes

The Covington News - - News - By Rachel Oswald

The Cov­ing­ton City Coun­cil voted in fa­vor of spending $2.6 mil­lion for the pur­chase of 5 megawatts of baseload power for one year at their coun­cil meet­ing on Mon­day.

The baseload pur­chase was made through the Mu­nic­i­pal Elec­tric Au­thor­ity of Ge­or­gia. The ex­tra baseload power will only be used in 2009.

The price of the power is bro­ken down to 6.2 cents per kilo­watt hour, which while not cheap, is still bet­ter than the 6.7 cents the city would have had to pay if it were buy­ing the power di­rectly from the mar­ket.

The coun­cil also ap­proved a con­tract pro­posal of $8.4 mil­lion for 7 MW that will be sent to a MEAG mem­ber with some ex­tra ca­pac­ity that it is looking to sell.

“ Hope­fully they’ll take that. I hope that we don’t get into a whole ne­go­ti­a­tion process but we won’t know that for a week,” said City Man­ager Steve Horton, adding “all counter of­fers and ac­cep­tances will have to be ap­proved by the mayor and coun­cil.” In other city coun­cil news: The Cov­ing­ton/ New­ton County Cham­ber of Com­merce gave its quar­terly re­port to the city which in­cluded the news that the cham­ber had suc­cess­fully landed one project, co­de­named Project Cou- gar, which brings with it a 20,000 square foot build­ing.

Plan­ning and Zon­ing Di­rec­tor Michelle Stiebling told the coun­cil that she had re­quested the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion hear­ing on a pro­posal to an­nex and re­zone to in­dus­trial 214 acres of agri­cul­ture land for the cre­ation of Hazel­brand In­dus­trial Park be post­poned un­til De­cem­ber so as to give city staff more time to re­search the im­pli­ca­tions of the park. • Hazel­brand In­dus­trial Park was found to not be in the best in­ter­ests of the re­gion and state by the North­east Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter dur­ing the project’s De­vel­op­ments of Re­gional Im­pact re­view in late Septem­ber on ac­count of the project’s close lo­ca­tion to en­vi­ron­men­tally sen­si­tive ar­eas and in­ad­e­quate in­for­ma­tion on the project’s en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact.

The coun­cil also gave City At­tor­ney Ed Crudup the go ahead to be­gin rewrit­ing the city’s wa­ter and sewer rate or­di­nance to al­low for new price changes. • The changes to the city’s wa­ter rates are in­tended to erase any price dif­fer­ences for Cov­ing­ton wa­ter cus­tomers that live out­side of the city and cus­tomers that live in­side the city. • Cur­rently res­i­dents liv­ing out­side of the city pay slightly more for their wa­ter, on ac­count of an older rate struc­ture that was de­signed to ac­count for the higher costs the city had to in­cur in or­der to run wa­ter out to the county when it was still much more ru­ral and less de­vel­oped than it is to­day.

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