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Official urges change in power shutoffs

August 17, 2010

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— A city council member in a south-central Kansas community wants to help people avoid having their power shut off during extremely hot weather.

KWCH-TV reports that 96 customers in Wellington had their electricity shut off for nonpayment of bills last Thursday, when the heat index reached 110.

Wellington City Council member Jim Valentine says losing air conditioning could be dangerous for some people on fixed incomes, such as the elderly.

Neither the state nor the city has a law barring utilities from cutting electricity in extreme heat to customers behind on their bills.

Valentine says he wants the city to amend its ordinance.

Wellington city manager Gus Collins told KWCH none of the people who had their electricity shut off last week asked for a payment plan or extension.

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