HANCEVILLE — A recent rash of power outages in the Hanceville area hopefully can be resolved by measures the Cullman Electric Cooperative will soon take to clear power line rights of way in southern Cullman County, while using its upcoming pass through the Hanceville service area to examine and replace outdated or faulty equipment.
Co-op CEO Tim Culpepper visited with the Hanceville City Council Thursday in an informal, information-oriented meeting, in which he assured city officials that the Co-op is aware of a higher-than-typical occurrence rate for outages in the area, and that it intends to address possible causes of future unplanned outages in a preventive, rather than reactive, manner.
The discussion, said mayor Kenneth Nail, was the Co-op’s idea; one that pleased Nail and other council members, who agreed the gesture shows good faith toward Hanceville Co-op customers in delivering a fast response whenever the lights go out.
“I appreciate them doing that; I think that’s something new, for them to come down and sort of meet with us without even being asked, just to get everyone on the same page as to what is going on,” said Nail.
“When they do have an outage, they get right on it in a reasonable amount of time,” said council member Jimmy Sawyer, who also tipped his hat to the utility for trying to get ahead of outage issues before they worsen.
Like other zones within its service area, Hanceville receives a through right-of-way maintenance sweep about once every four years, including this year, said Nail. “We’re on a four-year cycle, and this is the year when Hanceville gets the right-of-way clearing,” he explained. “They’ve had some faulty switches, some obstruction and some other things that are behind the different outages — not really any one thing you can point your finger at — but they are addressing it, which we all appreciate.”
James Fields, who serves the Hanceville area as the District 4 representative on the Co-op’s Board of Trustees, also spoke at Thursday’s city council meeting; reinforcing Culpepper’s message that the Co-op will target the various sources of recent outages until the incidents — unless weather-related or otherwise unpreventable — are eradicated.
In other business at its regular meeting, the council:
- Awarded a bid of $90,175 to Welcome Back Hanceville, LLC, which will purchase the downtown JoAnn Walls Center building from the city.
- Agreed to re-advertise a bid for a piece of property along Wendy Street that the city hopes to sell.
- Tabled a request from the North Alabama Agriplex for a $3,400 appropriation to help fund Agriplex programs for the coming year. Mayor Nail said the council will likely examine the request at an upcoming meeting, once the council takes up budget preparations for the 2020 fiscal year.
- Tabled until its August 22 meeting a solicitation from municipal collections agency AVENU Insights and Analytics, Inc., to contract with the city as a delinquent business licensing recovery service.
- Agreed to purchase a $20 advertisement in the state program guide for this year’s Miss Alabama Teen USA event.
- motion to buy a $20 AD lol
- Reappointed Phillip Frappolo to a three-year term on the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustments.
- Tabled action on making a new appointment to the city’s Tree Commission.
- Approved the minutes of the council’s July 25 regular meeting.
The next council meeting will be held Aug. 22 at 6 pm. at the council meeting room at Hanceville City Hall. A public work session will precede the meeting at 5:30 p.m.