Two city lineworkers and a utility bucket truck departed Wisconsin last Saturday, bound for St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands along with lineworkers from municipal utilities in Marshfield, Rice Lake, Arcadia, Fennimore, Clintonville and Reedsburg.
Head Lineman Brian Dellemann and Expert Lineman Darrick Wendricks are part of a Wisconsin contingent that will be working on that island for 30 days, to assist in power restoration efforts that are ongoing, after the region was devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, back in September.
They are scheduled to work 12 hours per day, six days per week, assisting the U.S. Virgin Islands Power and Water Authority in re-energizing homes and businesses on the island of approximately 50,000 population. According to recent reports, more than half of the island is still without electricity.
On Monday, their truck was loaded on a ship at the Port of Palm Beach, Florida for transport to St. Croix. The lineworkers will be flown to the island, where they will link up with their vehicle.
This utility mutual aid mission was organized by the Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin (MEUW). Earlier this Fall, personnel from several MEUW utilities provided similar assistance in Puerto Rico. MEUW’s Job Training and Safety director, Steve Hedden, is part of the group headed to St. Croix.
The City will be fully reimbursed for its personnel and equipment costs under a mutual aid agreement arranged through MEUW with the Virgin Islands Power and Water Authority.
While they are gone, Two Rivers electric reliability needs will be handled by the balance of our very capable field crew: another four lineworkers, one electrician and one meter technician, supervised by Electric Utility Director Ken Kozak. …And very capably supported by Administrative Assistant Kay Nooker.
Watch for updates on the work that our linemen are doing in the Virgin Islands, on the Two Rivers City Hall and Two Rivers Water and Light Facebook pages.
The City of Two Rivers is very proud that these seasoned two lineworkers are willing to lend their skills and experience to this relief work. They will undoubtedly gain valuable experience in disaster recovery operations, and bring new perspectives back to their work in Two Rivers.
…Besides, you never know when our community might be on the receiving end of such emergency assistance.
Nomination Papers Available for City Council
Three City Council seats are up for election on the April 2018 ballot. Now is the time for citizens interested in serving on the Council to circulate and file nomination papers.
Current Council members whose terms expire in April are Patrick Gagnon, Kay Koach and Jack Powalisz.
Mrs. Koach is completing her fourth term on the Council, and has announced that she will not be running for re-election.
Mr. Gagnon and Mr. Powalisz are each completing their first term on the Council; both are circulating nomination papers to run for re-election.
Nomination forms can be obtained from the City Clerk’s Office, and must be filed with the Clerk by 5:00 PM on January 2, 2018. A minimum of 100 signatures from voting-eligible city residents are required in order for a candidate to appear on the ballot.
Holiday Closures, City Hall and Lester Library
Just a reminder of upcoming Christmas and New Years Day closures at City Hall and the Lester Public Library:
City Hall will be closed on Monday, December 25, Tuesday, December 26, and Monday, January 1. First City Council meeting in 2018 will be at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, January 2.
Lester Public Library will be closed Saturday, December 23 through Tuesday, December 26 and Saturday, December 30 through Tuesday, January 2.
Two Rivers City Manager Greg Buckley can be contacted by calling 920-793-5532 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.