By Megan Hopps
SUN PRESS Newspapers
Police Officer Andrew Jaye and Police Sgt. Glen Schneider took an oath of office at the recent Champlin City Council meeting.
The city also issued a response to resident Jim Duerr’s concerns regarding the city’s Solar Energy Project and heard a presentation from Acorn mini-storage about building a storage facility near the First Student bus site in Champlin.
OATH OF OFFICE
“This is a special occasion for us,” said Police Chief Dave Kolb.“Tonight we will be swearing in a new officer, Andrew Jaye and recognizing our new Police Sgt. Glen Schnieder for stepping into this new position.”
City Clerk Roberta Colotti read the oath and all Champlin Police Officers entered the room, raised their right hand and took the oath with their fellow law enforcement officers.
“Law enforcement’s a team sport so we all come in and take the oath together.”
Officer Andrew Jaye and Sergeant Glen Schneider were invited to the front of the room as their family pinned badges on their uniforms.
RESPONSE TO RESIDENT
In other news, Deputy City Administrator John Cox provided a response resident Jim Duerr’s concerns regarding the city’s Solar Energy Project.
At a previous meeting, Duerr stated concerns regarding the project cost.
The city responded that it is partnering with Newport Partners and Champlin-based Powerfully Green to install a $1.2 million, 146 kilowatt solar energy system. Under the proposal, Powerfully Green will install solar panels on the roofs of the city’s Public Works, Public Safety and Ice Forum buildings for Newport Partners to lease the space from the city. During the first six years, the city will buy the power generated by the solar panels at 80 percent of its contracted rate from Xcel. After the six year period ends, ownership of the energy system revers to the city. From that point on, the city will own the system and assume responsibility for the maintenance and utilize cost savings.
The power warranty for the solar modules is 30 years. They are warrantied to produce 90 percent of their rated output until year 15. In years 16-30, they are warrantied to produce 80 percent of the rated output. There is a five year materials and workmanship warranty, free from defects. The installer and manufacturer indicate that none of the other equipment or materials should need to be maintained or replaced within the first 10 years unless there is a product defect. Because the system does not operate on batteries, excess electricity is not stored, but delivered back to the Xcel grid and is credited back to the city.
Furthermore, the manufacturer’s testing results show no noticeable degradation over a simulated 80 plus years. How the modules actually experience degradation is not known, but they are warrantied to produce power for 30 years, which is longer that other modules on the market.
Acorn Mini-Storage would like to build a mini storage facility on the 4.91 acre parcel located south of the First Student but site. Acorn mini-storage is a private, Minnesota-based firm operating nine self-storage facilities in the Twin Cities.
There will be an environmental resources commission Earth Day clean up event Thursday, April 24, at 5 p.m. at Northland Park. Contact City Clerk Roberta Colotti at 763-923-7111 to register.
There will be a local board of appeal and equalization meeting Tuesday, April 29, at 5 p.m. in the council chambers.
The city is holding a work session Monday, April 28, at 5 p.m. in the council conference room and the city council meeting will follow immediately after at 7 p.m. in the council chambers.
Contact Megan Hopps at [email protected]