City sets utility reconnection policy in writing

By Nick Gosnell
October 06, 2014

The City of McPherson put down policy in writing on Monday that has been in force verbally for several years with regard to the reconnection of utilities after a long period of disconnection.

The policy reads as follows:

Electric Utility Reestablishment Policy

Extended disconnection shall mean that the electric service in question has been removed or turned off by the Board of Public Utilities for a period of six consecutive months or more based on the billing records of BPU.

It is the policy of the City of McPherson that electric service that has been disconnected, for any reason, for more than six consecutive months must be inspected by a licensed master electrician before the BPU will be authorized to reenergize the system. The purpose of this policy is to ensure the safety of the occupants and property due to faulty electric wiring or other electrical issues that may occur as a result of an extended power shut down.

The master electrician must notify the city building inspector with a written inspection notice when the inspection is complete and the building is safe to have the electricity turned back on. If "life safety" issues are found, the property owner shall obtain a Building Permit from the City and have the work performed by a licensed professional which, in turn, will be inspected by the City Building Inspector. The building inspector will then notify BPU via e-mail or written notice when the appropriate inspection has been completed and when it is safe to have the service restored.

Natural Gas Reestablishment Policy

Extended disconnection shall mean that the service in question has been removed or turned off by the Kansas Gas Service for a period of six consecutive months or more based on the billing records of Kansas Gas Service.

It is the policy of the City of McPherson that gas service that has been disconnected, for any reason, for more than six consecutive months must be inspected by a licensed gas fitter and an air test performed and witnessed by the City Building Inspector. The purpose of this policy is to insure the safety of the occupants and property due to leaks, failed or improperly installed piping, inadequate make up air supply, or improper venting. The licensed gas fitter must notify the City Building Inspector when the inspection is complete and the air test is ready to be verified. If "life safety" issues are found, the property owner shall obtain a Building Permit from the City and have the work performed by a licensed professional which, in turn, will be inspected by the City Building Inspector. The building inspector will then notify Kansas Gas Service via e-mail or written notice when it is safe to have the service restored.

The motion on the policy passed unanimously.


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