By Billy Stitz
Over the past three months, Terry Albers and the Emergency Management department have been working on a Homeland Security grant that would pay for a backup generator for both Colman and Flandreau.
Unfortunately for Colman, their bid for a generator got thrown out at the regional meeting in July. The 23K generator that Colman was asking for was too small for the standards of the council but the 60K generator Flandreau was asking for was just right.
The proposal for Flandreau’s generator was passed at the regional meeting and then again at the State meeting a couple months later. Flandreau’s generator will be powerful enough to power the lift station and maybe a few buildings in case power goes in the town.
Flandreau is not monopolizing the generator however. It is a mobile generator and City officials said they are more than happy to share the generator with other Moody County communities in case of emergency.
The City will open up bidding for the generator. After a bid has been accepted, Homeland Security will reimburse the County for the cost of the generator up to a certain amount. The County will then in turn reimburse the City of Flandreau for the purchase.
The involved groups are currently signing all of the paper work to get the grant accepted and the generator should be available soon.