Week of June 14, 2020

Sometimes it just does not pay to get out of bed.  Last week, there was a broken limb on a power line on the wires near Dellwood beach.  I noticed it and alerted our city administrator.  XCEL was contacted but at 6 am the next morning, the pole snapped, taking out the Dellwood Lift Station power.  XCEL denied responsibility for the pole.  Thankfully, our White Bear Township sewer crew was able to get a VAC truck on the scene preventing any sewer backup to the neighboring homes.  They were able to install a generator and get the lift station operational pending repairs.
Now we have a better picture of what needs to be done: the electric lines need to be buried, and the electrical system re-mounted.  All this takes time.  Meanwhile, we are renting the WB Twp generator for $1000/day.  The good news is it appears our insurance will cover the cost of repairs.  In the meantime, it makes sense for the city to look into a permanent generator like the one at the Wildwood Park.  The Dellwood station serves the eastern third of our community and it probably is a good investment.  And of course no longer having the Birchwood Ln Lift station has removed a huge potential liability for things like this.  Stay tuned.