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City of Powell Electric Department

 

Contact us

951 East 5th Street
(307) 754-9537
electric@cityofpowell.com

 

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Electric Department

The City of Powell operates and maintains its own electrical substation and distribution system within the city limits. The system has undergone a complete rebuild during the last ten years including a new substation, overhead and underground feeders. During the next few years, the underground secondary and distribution systems upgrades will be completed. The system voltage has been increased to 12.5KV to provide increased capacity and power quality.

 

The electrical department consists of 6 employees, a superintendent, foreman, linemen (2) and meter techs/readers (2). Their responsibilities are varied but include engineering for system changes and additions, line and service changes, street light maintenance, power line locating and meter installation/testing.

 

The City of Powell along with Garland Light and Power, the local REA, has developed an electrical safety demonstration. It is a full scale model operating at the nominal voltage of 12KV. It is an impressive display of the potential hazard of electricity. In addition, the department works with the school system to educate the students about electricity and its safety considerations.

The City of Powell is a member of Wyoming Municipal Power Agency (WMPA). WMPA is the wholesale electricity provider for 8 public power communities in Wyoming. The citizens of public power communities enjoy local control and ownership. The consumers of a community-owned electric system receive better service by having a local number and personnel.

 

Message from the Mayor

 

 

It was a bittersweet moment on Tuesday, February 21, as I recited my oath of office as Mayor of Powell.  While I was sad to say goodbye to former Mayor Don Hillman, I am excited to be the next mayor for a town I thoroughly love.

On to business.  Its planning time at the city which is exciting as we ponder the future.  Budget season is upon us where our work will focus on continuing to take care of city business, with a mindful eye toward preserving and protecting the reserves. Many projects, repairs and maintenance are also forthcoming, including this summer’s WYDOT partnership to remove the remaining medians and replace street lights on Colter Highway.  Engineering has begun on widening Absaroka Street; my thanks to taxpayers for supporting this sales tax initiative.  And if you look closely you may see a new Verizon tower emerge in the softball complex at Homesteader Park.  Spring will be busy as the weather breaks with pot hole repairs, leading to chip sealing streets this summer.  Of course, we cannot forget the street cleaning necessary as we recovery from a real Wyoming winter. Finally, here’s a warning for folks if they see me driving about.  My attention on city details has become somewhat acute as I move around town.  But I’ll try not count potholes or look at sewer drains – we have professionals for that. 

Moving forward, feel free to call or stop by city hall with your thoughts or concerns.

 

John Wetzel

Mayor

City of Powell

 

jwetzel@cityofpowell.com

John Wetzel

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