The Russell City Council met Tuesday and voted to authorize City staff to acquire the necessary materials to reconstruct the east residential one and two electric distribution circuits in an amount not to exceed $1.5 million.
The City’s electric service area includes the City proper and approximately 50 square miles of rural service area primarily located south of the City. City crews regularly perform maintenance and upgrades on the City’s electric distribution system to increase reliability according to City staff.
Because of the age of the distribution system, City staff recommended and the City Council approved development of a multiyear plan to upgrade the system within the City proper. The upgrade, completed in phases, is expected to take 10 years to allow for adequate planning, design and funding.
The Council previously approved a Master Services Agreement with Kansas Municipal Energy Agency/Mid-States to work with the City on this project.
The first project task, completed in December 2021, was a complete inventory of all distribution system assets needed to better aid in the engineer’s design and eventual staking of circuits.
From this information, City staff worked with KMEA/Mid-States and RMA Engineering to develop the multiyear plan and priorities.
The east residential circuits were identified as the first priority.
The City received bids for the required materials to rebuild the circuits. The bids are materials only. City staff will solicit bids for construction services when they have definite delivery dates on critical items. Some items have lead times in excess of 52 weeks.
$1.5 million was the low bid and contingences are in place due to pricing volatility.
City staff has submitted a letter of intent to the State of Kansas under the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities FEMA grant program, which may cover up to 75 percent of the more than $2 million project cost estimate for materials and construction.
Also Tuesday, the Council voted to allow a fireworks display this Friday after the Homecoming football game.


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