The Stanhope City Council Tuesday night heard an updated report on the contract between the city, Stanhope Municipal Utilities and Heartland Consumers Power District of Madison, South Dakota for the purpose of purchasing wholesale electricity beginning January 1,2014 for a ten year period. The agreement has now been reviewed by the city's attorney and has been sent to Heartland Consumers Power District for further change and approval. Stanhope Mayor Harold Hove is now authorized to execute the agreement.The next step is to work on the design of the new substation and possible conversion of the electric system from the current 7200 Delta Wye underground system to a new 12,500/7200 Wye grounded system which will need to be completed by 2016 when the transmission is energized from 34,500 to 69,000 kilowatts.
Stanhope Public Works Superintendent Tad Stupp reported to the council about completed and continuing projects. Stupp said he plans to secure an additional bid for an electric system tree trimming with the matter to be placed on the next agenda for action. Stupp also reported that he is working on moving the garage from the property at 550 Parker Street to the park to replace the old Lion's Den. The den has been taken down and is now in the process of completing plumbing for the project along with concrete placement.
Stanhope City Clerk reported that the Stanhope Development Group, Incorporated has secured new playground equipment for the park in conjunction with funds received from the Enhance Hamilton County Foundation. The new equipment will arrive within the next several weeks and depending on weather, may still be able to be installed yet this fall. The Stanhope Development Group Incorporated was able to secure equipment valued at $11,000 for $7,000.
In other matters, the Stanhope City Council approved funding for the Youth and Family Center of Hamilton County for the 2014-15 fiscal year in the amount of $760. Stanhope Fire Chief Mike Hanson on the installation of another quick dump device on a second fire truck and planned improvements to the Fire/EMS Building Heating and Air Conditioning system. Mayor Hove will visit with several individuals regarding unlicensed and junk vehicles in an effort to improve the looks of the community.