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Geneva to replace power transformer at Western Avenue substation

GENEVA – The city’s Western Avenue electric substation will be getting a new power transformer, but construction is required to get the area ready to accommodate the replacement transformer.

The City Council voted July 9 to award the general construction contract to Kelso-Burnett Company in Gurnee for $344,000, which included a $14,000 credit to remove and dispose of the old transformer, bringing the total cost down to $330,000, documents show.

Of the three bidders, Kelso-Burnett was the lowest, as Trice Construction Company bid $650,000 for construction and $79,500 for transformer disposal; and Energis bid nearly $369,000 for construction and nearly $14,000 for transformer disposal, records show.

The purpose of the bid for general construction is to remove the old transformer, demolish the current transformer pad, build a new transformer pad with oil containment and connect the new transformer after it is delivered, officials said.

Kelso-Burnett was also recommended by the city’s consultant, records show.

The Electric Division determined the substation’s transformer needed to be replaced as the current transformer has nearly 45 years in service and internal deterioration had begun, records show.

Aldermen approved the bid award in November 2017 to Pennsylvania Transformer Technology Inc. for $501,110 to construct the new transformer.

In addition to Western Avenue, the city has seven electric substations located at South Street, Peyton Street, Keslinger Road, Delnor, East Side Drive and the Geneva Business Park.

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