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Norway continues upgrades on hydroelectric facility

NORWAY — The Norway City Council on Monday approved replacing the second turbine shaft in the Sturgeon Falls Hydroelectric Facility’s Unit 1 generator at an estimated cost of more than $300,000.

An inspection during the city’s ongoing Sturgeon Falls Hydro Runner Replacement Project last year showed problems with the shaft. The council then asked partnering businesses Hydro Consulting and Maintenance Services Inc. and Slovenia-based Litostroj Hydro Inc. to make repairs but also prepare a proposal for a new shaft for long-term use.

The shaft replacement is estimated at $312,521 — a price that includes a 25 percent performance bond in accordance with state law — and will take about eight months to complete.

In other business, the council:

— Contracted Miron Construction to inspect the hydroelectric facility’s Unit 3 generator at a cost not to exceed $4,255. The unit has not been inspected since 2016.

— Hired David Krause of Krause Power Engineering LLC, to review and revise the city’s electric master plan at a cost not to exceed $3,500.

— Scheduled a March 2 public hearing on vacating the right-of-way between lots 1, 2 and 3 and lots 8, 9 and 10 of the Block 5 Brier Hill Mining Company’s Addition and lots 1-5 and 6-10 of the Block 4 Brier Hill Mining Company’s Addition. The area will be used for the city’s new salt shed.

— Approved applications for the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Marion Park on April 11 and the 40th annual Norway Spring Classic race on April 25.

— Allowed signs to be posted at the pocket park on Main Street and U.S. 2 from March 18-20 for the Knights of Columbus Council 9523’s annual fish fry and at four locations April 25 and 26 for the Crossroads Church rummage sale.

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