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The city of Seymour and the Seymour Merchants’ Association will join forces early next year to bring additional electric power to the Seymour square.

Members of the Seymour Board of Aldermen unanimously decided to accept the merchants’ offer to pay $5,000 toward a second transformer at the Seymour Downtown Park at the group’s regular monthly meeting last Thursday night, while the city will cover the project’s remaining cost, estimated at about $8,000.

“The total cost for the project, including the trenching, is about $13,000,” City Administrator Hillary Gintz said. “The estimated wait for a new transformer is three years, but this estimate we have is for a rebuilt transformer, and we’re about 12- to 18-weeks out on the rebuilt one.”

Gintz said that with the approval of the aldermen, she’ll plan the installation of the second transformer for this spring, so it will be ready for the 2022 Seymour Apple Festival that arrives the second weekend in September.

At the board’s November meeting, the merchants’ $5,000 offer initially was discussed.

“I don’t think we should expect for the merchants to pay any more than that,” North Ward Alderman Jim Ashley said.

“To me, $5,000 is a very generous offer. We’ve never had another group offer to help pay for something like this, especially an electric transformer in our downtown.”

The other three elected officials agreed.

“This extra transformer on the square could help out a lot of other groups in the future,” South Ward Alderman Nadine Crisp said.

North Ward Alderman Darrel “Bub” Wallace echoed her comments.

“I’ll be glad to see it up and running,” Wallace said. “In the past few years, there have been power concerns on the square during the festival. This solves that.”

In other business at last Thursday’s meeting, the city’s aldermen:

• Approved two new members of the Seymour Community Library Board.

They are Cameron Collins and Jodi Denney.

Collins is a teacher for the Seymour R-II School District. His wife, Caroline, is the school’s band director. Denney is a Seymour native who recently returned to her hometown.

They replace two members who submitted their recent resignations — Ellisha Hastings and Matt Hickey.

• Learned from Gintz that more than $4,000 has been raised to replace a damaged slide at Seymour’s South Park.

She said the Seymour Lions Club received a $3,000 grant for the project from the Se-Ma-No Electric Foundation.

A chili feed held Nov. 20 in front of the Owen Theatre by the library board raised $345.

That amount then was more than tripled with an additional $700 donation by Seymour’s Dynomite Fireworks.

Cost for the slide is $7,130.

The aldermen unanimously voted to order the slide so it is ready for next spring.

“There’s still a possibility that additional grants will be received for the slide,” Gintz noted.

• Received two bids for upcoming tree trimming throughout the city.

Clancy’s of Marshfield submitted a bid for $16,000.

Reese Tree Service, also of Marshfield, gave the city a bid for $10,400 for the same work.

Aldermen approved the bid from Reese.

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