|Gering council approves funding for trucking firm|
|November 27, 2013 Jerry Purvis|
Members of the Gering City Council approved $10,000 of LB 840 economic development funding for the startup JADS Trucking, headquartered in Gering.
The new firm is a dedicated FedEx route in Cheyenne County, which serves Sidney, Dalton, Gurley and other communities. While the FedEx Corporation delivers packages through the country, routes are owned by individuals or corporations as independent contractors.
The new company is owned by John Schlothauer and Doug Koob, who also own Docu-Shred document destruction services.
Schlothauer said company headquarters will be in Gering with the FedEx terminal in Scottsbluff.
The company will employ two full-time equivalent employees. He said future plans include building another shop in Gering for truck maintenance and housing. They might also consider purchasing additional routes.
Council also approved an expenditure of $82,780 to HOA Solutions in Lincoln to purchase a new water control system. At the council’s Nov. 11 meeting, director of public works Pat Heath explained the company that built the current system was getting our of the business, making upgrades impossible.
Heath told the council the HOA bid included an upgrade to the radios that remotely control the system. “Our current radios are 14 years and are no longer being manufactured. We could use our old radios, but I think if we’re doing this upgrade, we should get new radios as well.”
Heath said he wants to test the new system to make sure it’s operational by March 31 – before the prime summer pumping season for the city.
Heath told the council the upgrade would be paid for by postponing for a year an already budgeted item to work on the water interconnect system with the City of Scottsbluff.
Speaking of the water control upgrade, Heath said it was a project that had to be done. “We can’t gamble that we might or might not have a system failure. If that happened, we’d have to run the water system manually.”
City Administrator Lane Danielzuk said the cost of electricity could potentially rise due to a number of factors. Since 2010, increased regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency have squeezed many coal-fired power plants out of business.
Also, the power consortium MEAN, which Gering is a member, has been strapped for revenue after this summer’s flooding in Colorado left many cities without power.
Danielzuk said it’s very speculative at this time, but fluctuations in the electric power industry could translate into a 12 – 15 percent hike in the cost of electricity. Current cost for a kilovolt/hour of electricity in Gering is about seven cents. The national average is about 15 cents.