The West Point City Council met in special session Wednesday night. The council held discussion on two items, including Distributed Generation Policy, which focused on Net Metering. City Administrator Tom Goulette.
“What it was was kind of a learning session for the City Council and those in attendance on Distributed Generation. In other words, how we would look at people putting individual renewable energy units such as solar panels, wind turbines, and that type of thing. And what some of the requirements are to address those installations when it comes to how they’re metered, and how their return is paid back. If the unit generates out to our system versus selling them power.”
Goulette says the council went through step-by-step on what the metering requirements are, and how those issues have to be addressed, as well as some of the pricing differences between the energy rate itself with delivery charges, and with just the energy rate as it’s structured today.
The council is looking at putting the item on the agenda for either October or November’s regular city council meeting.
The other discussion was on the Cuming County Ag Society Property (former Gerhold Property) and agreement with Cuming County Ag Society. Goulette says discussion tailored towards the exchange of land and use of the Nielsen Center.
“The Ag Society owns the property they’re looking to construct the new Northeast Community College Campus on. One of our goals is it seems to fit the area very well, and obviously there’s some things that the fair board would like to take a look at when it comes to using the Nielsen Center for fair time, along with some property that the city currently owns to the West that they’re looking to turn into additional parking. So we’re trying to kind of orchestrate a land swap if you will for the Gerhold property, and also include some longer term agreements with the Nielsen Center.”
The council, who started the discussion in closed session, will meet in regular session on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. for their monthly meeting.