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Councilman, Mayor Join BPU Board

There were a couple new members of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities Monday, with a few more to join next month.

On Monday, Eddie Sundquist, Jamestown mayor, and Grant Olson, Ward 5 Jamestown City Councilmen, joined the BPU board for their first meetings as members. Sundquist because of his elected position as mayor is the BPU board president. Grant Olson, who was sworn in as a councilman earlier this month, was appointed by Sundquist to be on the board.

Greg Rabb, BPU board chairman, welcomed both Sundquist and Olson to the board.

Rabb will also be welcoming three new members to the board next month. Gregory Anderson, Lana Huston and Kenneth Mark, who all attended Monday’s BPU meeting as members of the public, will all be joining the board for their first meeting in February.

The new members weren’t members of the board during Monday’s meeting because they first had to be approved by the council, which happened later that day. The BPU held its regular monthly board meeting at 4 p.m. while the council approved the new appointments during its meeting at 7:30 p.m.

Because the new members of the BPU board weren’t yet officially members, the board postponed its typical January vote for chairman of the board. David Leathers, BPU general manager, said the vote for chairman will take place during the February meeting.

The new members of the BPU board will replace Terrance Horner, Ralph Wallace and Martha Zenns. Horner was first appointed to the BPU for a four-year term beginning in 2016. Wallace first became a member of the BPU on a two-year term in 2016 and was reappointed to a second two-year term in 2018. Zenns was reappointed to a two-year term in 2018 after first serving a four-year term from 2014-17.

In other business, the BPU approved a resolution to enter into an agreement with General Electric Packaged Power of Houston, Texas, to provide services to the LM6000 for work not to exceed $220,985. GE will provide the labor, materials, tooling, supervision and technical expertise for the high-pressure compressor blade replacement on stages 1 and 3 through 5 on the LM6000.

Leathers said the work on the LM6000 gas turbine will take place during the spring outage maintenance period. He said the funding will come from the overhaul reserve fund.

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