The Traer Municipal Utilities Board conducted its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m.
Among the items discussed were the continuing giveaway of new, energy-efficient CFL light bulbs to the public here in Traer. CFL (compact flourescent lamp) bulbs use significantly less energy than traditional light bulbs, which are currently being phased out according to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 passed by the federal government.
As of the meeting, the city had given away a total of 328 13 watt bulbs (which replace 60 watt traditional bulbs), 223 19 watt bulbs (replacing traditional 75 watt), 326 23 watt bulbs (replacing 100 watt) and 73 3-way bulbs. The total estimated energy savings for the bulbs distributed to Traer homeowners is 56,466 kWHr.
There are still bulbs available for free to the public, and they can be picked up at Municipal Hall during regular business hours. The public is encouraged to take advantage of this free supply while it is still available.
The other major item discussed was the possibility of hosting an open house for the wind turbine on the south end of town sometime this summer. The council discussed the beginning of June as a target time, and will have further details as the time approaches.
Among other items discussed was the replacement of the network server that connects the computers for city offices. According to an estimate, the total four-year cost of the TMU doing the server maintenance itself would be roughly $7,956. If the TMU decides to switch to off-site hosting for its server, the cost would be $6,084. The council is leaning toward updating to an off-site hosting setup.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Traer Municipal Utilities Board will occur on Thursday, May 3, at 7 p.m.