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Council considers renewing Alliant Energy as electric franchise

Emergency training plan, NHDC contract also on docket

In about five years, Alliant Energy will replace the old, overhead electrical structures, prevalent in the central business district, with new facilities.
In about five years, Alliant Energy will replace the old, overhead electrical structures, prevalent in the central business district, with new facilities.

The Newton City Council will consider renewing its 25-year electric franchise contract with Interstate Power and Light Company, which operates as Alliant Energy in town, during its meeting Monday in City Hall.

Upon concluding a public hearing regarding the matter, the council will decide whether to approve the first consideration of an ordinance repealing the past city code’s electric franchise and instill updated language. This will ensure Alliant Energy, its successors and assigns will agree to a new, 25-year contract.

If the ordinance is adopted, Alliant Energy is expected to “acquire, construct, erect, maintain and operate an electric system” and “to furnish and sell electric energy to the city and its inhabitants,” according to the Newton City Council agenda packet.

The Newton Daily News previously reported the city council approved a project in which Alliant Energy will replace the old, overhead electrical structures and wires located in alleyways throughout downtown Newton with new facilities within the next five years.

The project is contingent upon council moving forward with the aforementioned ordinance.

Emergency training plan

Staff request council members adopt the City of Newton Training Plan for Emergency Management.

In 2006, the city adopted the National Incident Management System’s Concept of Emergency Planning. According to the city council agenda packet, the NIMS “provides guidance on initial and ongoing training for preparedness planning.” The City of Newton Training Plan for Emergency Management is one component of a “comprehensive emergency management program.”

The program requires “a continuous cycle of planning, organizing, equipping, exercising, evaluating and taking corrective action.”

NHDC services

Crediting Newton Housing Development Corporation as a “strong economic development partner of the city for many years,” city staff requests council approve the organization’s renewed contract for professional services.

Agenda documents state the contract will list the different activities NHDC will undertake “to continue to grow housing in Newton.” It also references funding sources for NHDC operations, such as the previously approved development agreements for Fairmeadows North Play 8 and Arbor Estates, previously known as the Barton trust land.

NHDC’s new contract would go into effect July 15 and end June 30, 2021.

Contact Christopher Braunschweig at 641-792-3121 ext. 6560 or cbraunschweig@newtondailynews.com

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