City to seek grant for generator

Rachael Keating/Clinton HeraldCity officials are seeking a grant that may help fund a backup power generator at the Mill Creek Pumping Station.

CLINTON — City officials are going after a Clinton County Emergency Management grant that may help fund a backup power generator at the Mill Creek Pumping Station.

A resolution passed last week by the Clinton City Council has endorsed an application for the grant, which could contribute as much as $100,000, if fully awarded. In total, the project would cost roughly $350,000, according to Clinton Water Quality Superintendent Bob Milroy.

The remaining $250,000 would come out of city funds.

In recent city staff reports, Milroy reported that the Mill Creek station is the last of the city’s flood control stations to install a backup generator, stating, “We plan on adding this project to the (Capital Improvement Plan) list for Fiscal Year 2019.”

The project has been a priority for Milroy and other officials after torrential rainfall in late July overwhelmed the pumping station, causing flooding to area businesses. It was later discovered that an Alliant Energy transformer had blown, hampering the station’s ability to function properly.

Had a backup generator been in place, Milroy said, the station would have been “absolutely operational.”

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