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Backup generator installed at Village Hall

Thursday, January 29, 2015

On the south side of Village Hall, a few feet from the building, is where the village’s new backup generator was recently installed. Bodine Electric installed the unit and poured the concrete pad that it sits on. Public Works Director Larry Coloni said the concrete pad is about 10 feet by 5 feet.

“It all went pretty smooth,” Coloni said of the installation process, which was not a surprise since, “Bodine has done a lot of work for us over the years at the village,” he added.

Back in October, Coloni had recommended to trustees that the village should have a backup generator installed to keep Village Hall open for business in the event of a power failure.

Coloni told the board then that the unit he preferred, which runs on natural gas, was big enough to run the whole building in case of a power outage. That means having the ability to keep communications going via telephones and computers even if the power is out in the rest of the community.

The village purchased the unit that Coloni recommended, a 35 kW Cummins Power Generator with transfer switch, which was the lowest of three submitted bids. The bid was awarded to Cummins Crosspoint of Normal with a bid of $12,525.

The full costs for the generator’s installation, including electrical connection installation and the concrete pad, have not come in yet, but Coloni said, “It will probably be equal to or more than the $12,000 (purchase price of the Cummins unit).”

With rugged Midwestern weather never far away in all four seasons, Coloni wanted the village to be as prepared as possible.

“I don’t think there’s harm in making sure you’re covered in case of a power outage,” Coloni said. “It’s an added comfort knowing you’ve got a backup in case of a major snowstorm or thunderstorm.”

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