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City stockpiles parts to meet utility service demand

October 14, 2018

NEEDLES — New commercial projects in North Needles require the purchase of five electrical transformers, ancillary parts and equipment for system upgrades.

According to the background information provided by city staff, funds have been received from commercial project applicants to cover the cost of new electric service and transformers.

In order for the turnaround time to be faster than the 16 weeks it could take, the Needles Board of Public Utilities requested authorization for an expenditure of funds up to $100,000 for the purchases.

“In the past, we’ve had to order some transformers in anticipation but in this circumstance, all five of the on-site deposits have been received,” said Rick Daniels, city manager.

City background information states that purchase of transformers, ancillary parts and equipment will streamline the permit process by allowing the purchase as soon as the deposit are received from the applicant.

The Needles BPU authorized the expenditure of funds not to exceed $100,000 during their meeting of Aug. 7.