PITTSBURG — The City of Pittsburg staff announced Tuesday that a request for proposal will be published to seek an outside company to conduct an electricity study.
Pittsburg City Manager Daron Hall informed the Pittsburg City Commission that a request for proposal would be published — and answered questions — during a work session prior to Tuesday’s regular commission meeting.
Once proposals have been submitted, Hall will bring the issue to the commission for approval to conduct a feasibility study. The study would look at the city’s options for providing electricity outside of a contract with Westar Energy — how residents currently get electricity.
The decision was reached through a local study and discussion group, which included city commissioners. Commissioner Patrick O’Bryan said moving forward with a feasibility study was the consensus from the group.
“At the last meeting, the strong consensus was to move forward with this study,” he said. “It can provide us with the information to ask better questions when looking at electricity.”
The feasibility study would look at options such as the city becoming its own utility provider, buying energy from the market and providing it through the city and more. The study would discuss how viable these options are for Pittsburg, the process to get there and the cost of the transition.
But Hall said they are taking things slow. The request for proposal will ask companies to submit what they could offer in a feasibility study and outline the costs of the study itself.
“We’re taking this slow and methodical,” Hall said. “I think we’re in a good place.”
In other business, the commission:
Was presented with an economic development report from Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce President Blake Benson and Pittsburg State University Chief Strategy Officer Shawn Naccarato.
Was informed that Block 22 has signed three letters of intent for food concepts for the west side of the project. Both restaurateurs involved are PSU alumni, one of which co-owns a restaurant group in California. The other is a local entrepreneur.
Reappointed Heather Horton, as well as appointing Michael Fienen and Zac Dickey, to the Downtown Advisory Board.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.