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2000 Media Release


October 10, 2000
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831

Mayor Congratulates LES and Norris on Agreement

Mayor Don Wesely today congratulated the management of the Lincoln Electric System (LES) and the Norris Public Power District for reaching an agreement on service area boundaries. The agreement provides for a buffer zone between the city limits and the LES/Norris service area boundaries to allow for the transfer of Norris customers to LES as the city expands.

"This is an extremely important issue to Lincoln," Mayor Wesely said. "As the fastest growing city in the state, we need this issue to be resolved. The current state law makes it very difficult for LES to plan infrastructure expansion in an orderly fashion. As a former State Senator, I participated in the eight years of legislative debate on this issue in the Unicameral. As Mayor, I encouraged the two sides to work with State Senator Ed Schrock, Chair of the Legislature’s Natural Resources Committee, and enter mediation. I want to thank LES and Norris officials for working cooperatively through the eight-month mediation process to come up with an agreement that meets their needs. Most importantly, this agreement meets the needs of their customers now and into the future."

The LES Administrative Board and the Norris Public Power Board are expected to vote on ratifying the agreement later this month.

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