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40 years ago: City commissioners object to oversized electric bill

August 24, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 24, 1972:

As expected, Lawrence city commissioners were less than pleased over the bill for $8,994 that the city had received from the Kansas Power and Light Co. The bill, for removal of downtown light fixtures during this summer's improvement project, was greeted with unanimous displeasure by the Commission at their weekly meeting. The underlying question was whether the city should be expected to absorb the depreciated value of the lights. "If we're going to buy them we ought to put them somewhere else," said Commissioner Charles Fisher. Commissioners also criticized the removal method of sawing the poles off at the base as "wasteful." In other business, commissioners had given unanimous approval to a motion to keep the city swimming pool open over Labor Day weekend.

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