Production Credit Adjustment to start appearing on June electricity bills Details have been released by the Wakefield City Council and administration about a $1.1 million bill received from the Wakefield power supplier as the town’s share of the electricity shortage draws that happened this past February. As a result, the City Council approved a temporary increase to Wakefield power customers, which will help to pay back “half” of that $1.1 million that the Council decided to pass on to the community’s residential and commercial/industrial users. In February of this year, temperatures dipped very low across the Midwest, creating a power shortage as the extra load was required for people to heat their homes, specifically in locations where they had not typically used that much power during that time of year in the past. “Due to the extreme weather conditions this past February,” said City Administration Jim Litchfield, “many communities were assessed unusually high power bills due to conditions beyond our control.” An example that made headlines earlier this year would be Texas and Oklahoma where there were millions without power because of a lack of regular supply during this time period, causing the suppliers to use their “reserves” at a premium cost to distributors. The City’s power supplier – Big Rivers Electric in Kentucky – passed along the added costs of purchasing power on their end to their customers – the City of Wakefield, among a number of others, at varying degrees for usage. Starting with the June bill, coming in the first part of July, Wakefield customers will notice a separate line item of a “Production Credit Adjustment” which will be adding a 1.01 percent charge per kilowatt hour used. The bill is generated completely off usage, not a static fee. So, for instance, – if a customer used 100 kwH in June, and would have owed $100, they would now owe $101.01 instead. That $1.01 will be directed to replace the “half” of the $1.1 million the City has already paid, until the funds have been paid back. Financially speaking, the entire $1.1 million has already been repaid from the City’s funds, and the “PCA” coming back into the City coffers will be used to replace “half” of those funds that the City spent on the bill – around $550,000.
From the City: City Wide Clean-Up Day is Saturday, May 1st from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Utility customers may dispose of unwanted items behind the city shop at 303 Oak Street. Items that will not be accepted are tires, batteries, shingles or large loads of construction material.
The Wakefield Republican will be delivered Thursday this week because of a mishap with the printing press. Papers should be available around 10:00 a.m. Thursday morning sorry for any inconvenience!
from the City of Wakefield... Due to safety concerns, the City will not be able to generate electricity while repairs are being made to the substation on Friday April 23rd. The power will now be off for roughly an hour beginning at 8:00 A.M. tomorrow while the necessary repairs are made. We apologize about the incorrect information that was sent out previously.
Scheduled Electrical Outage April 23rd Wakefield will have an electrical outage on Friday, April 23 at 8:00 a.m. You will experience a 10-20 minute outage till the Wakefield generation plant can get online. Wakefield will generate power for the community for approximately two hours. Customers will experience another short outage at approximately 10:00 a.m. until the city gets back online with our electricity provider.
Unofficial election results reported The Dixon County Clerk and election staff turned out numbers in the late evening of November 3rd for the 2020 General Election, settling races for state, county, and local contests, mainly uncontested- and also for the fate of Wakefield's Sales tax initiative. To read more on the unofficial results, pick up the latest edition of the Wakefield Republican.
Eagles roll in first round thumping of Johnson-Brock The Allen Eagle football team opened the 2020 playoffs with a very convincing 46-20 win over Johnson-Brock in Allen on Thursday. To read the full story, pick up the latest edition of the Wakefield Republican.
Lady Trojans win Wakefield Tournament but fall to Pendragons at sub-districts Wakefield won their own tournament with a win over Homer and West Point-Beemer but dropped a match to Pender in the C2-4 sub-district to end their season 9-21. To read more, pick up the latest edition of the Wakefield Republican.
Trojan Football ends another successful campaign In a season full of uncertainties related to factor completely out of the control of the players, Wakefield stood tall, stood together, and marched through the season undefeated. To read the full story, including head coach, Mike Hassler's, comments, pick up the latest edition of the Wakefield Republican.
Lady Trojans drop conference games Wakefield dropped a pair of conference regular season games then went 1-1 in pool play at the Lewis & Clark Conference Volleyball Tournament. To read more, pick up the latest edition of the Wakefield Republican.
Extensions of Wakefield sales tax on the ballot The extension of the 1% sales tax increase will be on the ballot November 3 and the consensus around Wakefield is it is a valuable asset to the community. To read all about the extension, pick up the latest edition of the Wakefield Republican.
Trojans end football season undefeated A somewhat short-handed Wakefield Trojan football team remained unbeaten with a 64-41 win over Hartington-Newcastle at Eaton Field in a game probably not as close as the final score indicated. Pick up the latest edition of the Wakefield Republican for the full story.
Lady Trojan Volleyball has successful week with two victories Wakefield had arguably its most successful week of the 2020 season with a couple of Lewis & Clark Conference regular season triumphs over Winside and Creighton. To read all bout the games, pick up the latest edition of the Wakefield Republican.
News from Allen... By Callie Anderson Isom and Dickens named Homecoming King and Queen Congratulations to the 2020 Allen High School Homecoming King Anthony Isom and Queen Carly Dickens. Anthony is the son of Mike and Val Isom. Carly is the daughter of Rusty and Carla Dickens.
New Arrivals: Parker Jane Suing Parker Jane Suing was born at 1:04 a.m. on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Unity Point Saint Luke’s in Sioux City to Timothy and Alea Suing. She weighed 6lbs 9 oz and was 20 inches long. The paternal grandparents are Kristi Huber and Chuck Suing of Laurel and the maternal grandparents are Shawn and Billy Johnson of Missouri and Shaun Johnson of Sioux City.
Junior High Football is the heart of football By Mike Renning Wakefield and Tri-County Northeast butted heads in junior high football last week. It should remind everyone how simple this complex game can be and exactly why it's played. For the full story, pick up the latest edition of the Wakefield Republican.
Wakefield Market draws another crowd The last installment of the Wakefield Market drew a substantial crowd and substantial vendors as it closed its first season in town. Pick up the latest edition of the Wakefield Republican to read more about the market.
Trojans show team strength to remain unbeaten In the entire year, a coach will always profess it takes a team-effort to get a win, and certainly a great team for an undefeated season. The Wakefield Trojans proved that very sentiment with a hard-fought, team-defining win over Laurel-Concord-Coleridge last week on the road, 30-24. The full story can be found in the latest edition of the Wakefield Republican, available now.
Named the grand champion Simmental purebred bull at the 2020 NE State Fair Named the grand champion Simmental purebred bull at the 2020 NE State Fair in the Simmental open class show was Felt Perserverance 302F. The full story can be found in the agriculture section of the Wakefield Republican, available now.
Troop 172 hosts Court of Honor Haglund earns Eagle Scout On September 13th, Wakefield Boy Scout Troop 172 and Cub Scout Pack 172 held its Court of Honor. It was the first Court of Honor since December of last year. A court of honor had been planned for April, but had to be cancelled due to Covid. However, that did not keep the Scouts from working on merit badges and rank advancements. Pick up the latest edition of the Wakefield Republican to read all about the Court of Honor.