A community within the Stanton County Public Power District is currently working on a downtown revitalization project. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program of funding for Downtown Revitalization Plan (DTR) and business district improvements have been successfully implemented in area communities including Madison, Neligh, Creighton, Wausa, Hartington, Laurel, Wayne and Norfolk.
The City of Stanton, Stanton Business Coalition, and Stanton Downtown Revitalization Committee has been working with Five Rule Rural Planning to gather business and community input for the development of a Stanton DTR Plan which will guide redevelopment and revitalization of the business district. In September, the City will apply for an additional $400,000 CDBG DTR grant funding to implement projects recommended by the Stanton DTR Plan. Those projects may include improvements to business buildings, sidewalks, and demolition of dilapidated buildings. The grant will require a minimum $100,000 of local matching funds which will be provided by participating businesses.
Stanton County Public Power District is offering its Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to help promote this project and promote development of local businesses. The Revolving Loan Fund was created through a USDA grant and is designed to assist in the development of our rural economy. If a business is interested in a DTR project but may need some additional financing, please consider exploring our program.
We believe the RLF can be a useful tool in the revitalization project. If you are interested in exploring these options, please call the office for more details.
Keep Power Lines and Safety in Mind This Harvest Season
Safe Electricity and Stanton County Public Power District, remind farmers that accidents related to power and electricity are possible but in most cases they can be prevented. Especially during the busy harvest season, take the following steps to decrease the chances of an electrical-related incident:
- Always use a spotter
- Use care when raising equipment
- Keep equipment 10 feet from lines
- Inspect clearance heights
- Never attempt to move a power line
- If your equipment does hit a line; Do NOT Leave the Cab. Call 911 and warn others to stay away until the utility crew arrive.
Safety for Children: Electricity can often appear like magic to children. By flipping a switch or plugging an electrical cord into an outlet, appliances come alive and lights illuminate rooms.
There are electrical hazards in the home that children need to be aware of – including electrical outlets.
You can help protect children by making sure your outlets are tamper resistant. Tamper-resisistant outlets or tamper-resistant receptacles (TROs or TRRs) have shutters that stay closed unless a plug with two prongs is inserted into the outlet. Both springs on the shutters must be compressed at the same time to allow an object to gain access. If a child attempts to stick an object in the outlet, the shutter prevents the object from entering and no contact with electricity is made.
Since 2008, the National Electrical Code requires all new renovated dwellings to be equipped with TROs. Therefore, if your home was built before 2008, there is a good chance your outlets are not tamper resistant.
TROs are strongly advised for household safety, but there are some other safety alternatives including outlet caps or sliding covers. Outlet cover caps and sliding covers are simple and low-cost alternatives that cover up the outlet, however they are not fail-proof. Outlet caps can be lost and can pose a choking hazard for some children. Many children can also figure out how to remove the caps and sliding covers.
Learn more information at SafeElectricity.org.
Our online payment gateway, SmartHub, is available on this website or you can download the app to your smart phone. You can pay your bill, track usage and so much more!
You can find a link on the website, www.scppd.net, to help you login and start tracking your usage. You can find ways to reduce your energy consumption and save money!
If you do not wish to set up an account, you can simply pay your amount due by clicking the “Pay Now” link and using your account number to connect to the payment gateway. Your payments are posted within 5 minutes of transaction confirmation. There is also an option to sign up for automatic payment transactions using your credit or debit card. These reoccurring transactions will process on or about the 17th of each month.
You can download the SmartHub app just like any other! Search on your smart phone and download it for free. Take advantage of this payment option that is available 24 hours a day, and wherever you need it to be!