Power surcharge on agenda in Morgan City

MORGAN CITY, La. -- A proposed 2.25 mil per kilowatt-hour surcharge to pay for the cost to install a breaker in front of a new transformer at the Joseph Cefalu Steam Plant and relocate the transformer currently in use is on today’s Morgan City council meeting agenda.

The proposed surcharge is in response to the June 26 steam plant explosion. The transformer currently in use has switches in front of it, and the city is looking to install a breaker in front of the new transformer when it arrives probably in May, Mayor Tim Matte said.

The breaker would provide more protection for the transformer, and the breaker should lessen the damage if another failure were to occur, Matte said.

The proposed ordinance will go through its second reading, a public hearing and then will be available for adoption at the city council meeting.

If passed, the surcharge “shall be assessed beginning on Jan. 1, 2013, and continue for 12 monthly bills. It then shall expire.”

The plant, which sustained more than $1.1 million in damage from the June 26 incident, was insured, and the damage costs are covered except for the city’s $50,000 deductible, Matte said.

Matte said the 2.25 mil per kilowatt-hour surcharge was arrived at by dividing the estimated cost of installing the breaker in front of the new transformer and the cost of relocating the current transformer by the amount of kilowatt-hours the city expects to sell.

The estimated cost is $385,000, Matte said.

A proposed ordinance requiring window repair materials to be compatible and consistent with the remaining windows on constructed homes within the city will also have a public hearing and then be available for adoption. The ordinance would require windows to be fully replaced within 30 days with the same materials of matching color or complimentary color to the principal building.

The city council will also have a discussion on the proposed zoning and land development code ordinance. However, the council cannot take any action on the ordinance because the planning and zoning commission did not have a quorum at its Dec. 11 meeting, and, thus, could not have the required public hearing.

The council meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the city court building.

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