City transfers utility pole ownership to Central Electric

The City of Hermann is transferring ownership of its large utility power poles, along with the maintenance to Jefferson City-based Central Electric Power Cooperative. This is the company that coordinates the power loads through the Midwest Independent System Operator, the group that coordinates, controls and monitors a multi-state electric grid.

According to Hermann Mayor Bob Koerber, the city no longer needs these large transmission poles for leverage, providing access for a communications company to bring in high-speed internet fiber optics, since the current provider, Callabyte has their own access into Hermann.

“What was an asset, now became a liability, because we don’t have the equipment or people to manage poles that big,” said the Mayor. “Last year, we had two or three blow down from wind shear in a storm and it cost the City $80,000 or $90,000 to replace them.”

He said the City will give the poles to Central Electric, but they will need to maintain them, forever.

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