GENERATOR INSTALLED

CREWS FROM JIM SCHROEDER CONSTRUCTION used two large cranes to lift a new (used) 50-ton diesel generator into place at the Bellevue Municipal Utlities building on north Riverview on Nov. 14. The 1800 kilowatt Caterpillar generator replaces an older generator that no longer works. The new used generator was purchased from ESPN and came at a cost of $700,000. Utility board members opted to purchase the used generator, as it would have cost about $2 million for a brand new generator. The new unit will work in conjunction with the five other generators at BMU to generate electricity for the entire town when needed. While BMU buys electricity from Cipco, an outside company, its does generate electricity for the entire community during peak high temperatures in the summer, as well as during other electrical outages caused by storms or other problems.