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By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX — Jim Prock would like electricity at the cabin he just purchased.
To help Prock obtain the service he desires, the Colfax Village Board approved extending electricity to Prock’s cabin located west of the Colfax wastewater treatment lagoons at the January 14 meeting.
The cabin is currently “off the grid,” but Prock said he preferred to have electricity.
Running electricity from the lagoons to his cabin will cost $11,700, Prock said.
Before Dunn Energy will extend electrical service for 75 to 100 yards across the village’s property, the Colfax Village Board must give approval, he said.
If the village will not approve running electrical service from the lagoons, Prock said his other options included running electricity from the north under the Red Cedar River or from the south under the railroad tracks.
Extending electrical service from the wastewater treatment lagoon “will make it a touch better with a longer run,” said Rand Bates, director of public works.
Electrical service at the lagoons currently has “grounding issues” which creates problems with motors, he said.
The grounding will be twice as much as there is now if the service is extended, Bates said.
When asked how much the electrical service would cost the village, Prock said it would be at no cost to Colfax.
Prock said Dunn Energy needed confirmation from the village before the company could go ahead with extending the electricity.
Lynn Niggemann, village administrator-clerk-treasurer, said she would give a copy of the meeting minutes to Dunn Energy for confirmation of the village board’s approval.
“I want to be a good neighbor,” Prock said, adding that he likes the Colfax community.
Prock noted he is the owner of the Gold Cross Courier Service, which has 240 employees, and that his father and grandfather had operated the Prock Funeral Home.
According to www.stokesprockandmundt.com, “In December of 2001, the new Stokes & Mundt Funeral Chapel and Crematory was opened in Altoona … In 2007, Randall and Jean Mundt purchased the stock of Prock Funeral Home and Cremation Society of Wisconsin. They relocated all operations to the Altoona location.”
The Colfax Village Board unanimously approved a motion to allow electrical service to be extended from the wastewater treatment lagoons to Prock’s property.