MP City lifts solar power moratorium, swears in new youth city council

November 22, 2018

The 20-megawatt solar plant in Millard County is up and running. Rocky Mountain Power’s 81,000 solar panels at the new plant are generating solar energy for more than 2,500 residential, commercial and community subscribers.

MT. PLEASANT—City council members heard a report by Shane Ward, power department supervisor, that led the council to lift a solar power moratorium that had been effect for many years in the Nov. 13 meeting.

Ward gave a power point presentation that outlined steps to be taken by both residents and businesses that wish to connect solar power to the city power grid. Ward reported both businesses and residents must fill out applications and pay processing fees that amount to $450 for residents and $750 for businesses.

He reported those selling excess solar power to the city would receive $.05 per kilowatt now, but the amount could change in the future. Council members unanimously passed the motion to lift the moratorium.

New road lighting

Ward also reported to the council plans to replace current lighting on Main and State Streets with new LED lights. He said although upfront costs for the new lights is expensive, new lights have the potential of saving over $1,100 annually in power consumption. Ward said the new lights have no mercury or lead and are programmable, which means lights can be focused to where it is needed, and will improve safety.

Wasatch Academy

Representatives from Wasatch Academy approached the council to ask to rename 100 North to Championship Lane, which is the street next to the State Street Gym that Wasatch Academy uses for their basketball program.

Paul Applegarth said that Wasatch would bear the cost and would also like to add six banners in front of the gym. The council took no action but Shane Ward, power supervisor, said the entity would have to get permission from the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) before going any further.

The basketball program at Wasatch is currently ranked 10th in the nation and all senior players have Division One offers. One player has 14 offers. The Deseret News plans to broadcast all home games.

Youth city council

New members of the Mt. Pleasant Youth City Council are Miss Mt. Pleasant Ally Brotherson, mayor; Scott Shock, mayor pro tem; Lucy Quinn, secretary; Devon Palmer, Samma Hannon, Callie Goble, Alexis Wright and Gyllian Nelson. The council, advised by Colleen Oltrogge, holds monthly meetings and oversees many activities such as the annual Christmas Lighting, Easter Egg Hunt, 4th of July games as well as visiting seniors and helping others.

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