The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 12, 2001 · Page 12
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 12

Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, April 12, 2001
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B4 THURSDAY. APRIL 12. 2001 GREAT PLAINS^ THE SAUNA JOURNAL V WESTERN RESOURCES First hearing on rate liike lield Western seeks to keep up with costs, create new plants By KATRINA HULL The Associated Press WICHITA — LouAnne Ewertt wants to know why her electric company didn't consider laying off high-salary management before proposing to increase her rates. The Wichita woman asked top ofTicials at Kansas Gas Energy that question Wednesday night during the first public hearing on Western Resources' request to increase its rates by $151 million. While some in the audience of about 100 people applauded Ewertt, KGE President Ron Holt said that option had been examined. He also said increasing rates is a last resort. That answer didn't satisfy Ewertt. "He really didn't address my question," said Ewertt, one of about 25 people, including city and church officials who testified Wednesday night. "I think they should consider downsizing upper management." Western has asked state regulators to increase rates by $58 million for customers of its KGE subsidiary in Wichita and southeast Kansas, and by $93 million for customers of its KPL unit in Topeka and northeast • NATURAL GAS EXPLOSION Kansas. An alternative proposal, drafted by the Kansas Corpoz-ation Commission's staff, would cut KGE's rates by $92 million and raise KPL's rates $262,072. Mike Lennen, Western's lead counsel, said KCC staff used incorrect methods when it developed a plan to decrease rates. "We strongly believe they contain some significant and fundamental errors," Lennen said. He said Western needed the 'increase to keep up with the rising costs of natural gas and create new power plants. But Walker Hendrix, attorney for the Citizens' Utility Ratepayers Board, said neither of those arguments were valid. Hendrix said the new electricity generation that Western has proposed is more expensive than needed. As for rising fuel costs, Hendrix also pointed out that fuel costs have dropped before without influencing rates. "The company didn't say, 'Gosh we're over-collecting for our fuel costs,' " Hendrix said. The proposal by KCC staff also narrows the gap between what KGE customers pay in excess of what KPL customers are charged to about 8 percent from the current 25 percent. Wichita officials have requested equal rates, or "parity" Kansas Gas and Electric merged with Kansas Power and Light to form Western Resources in 1992. Mobile home park- to re-open Friday Scene of fatal gas explosion to become RV, senior citizen park By The Associated Press HUTCHINSON — The Big Chief Mobile Home Park, closed since January's natural gas explosion that claimed two lives, will re-open Friday Owner Robert Kinder says the facility will now be a recreational vehicle and senior citizens mobile home park for people 55 and older Those who have mobile homes in the park wiU be "grandfathered in," allowing them to stay even if they don't meet the age restrictions. The facility has been closed since the Jan. 18 explosion that fatally injured John and Mary Ann Hahn. That explosion came a day after another one that destroyed two business in downtown Hutchinson. The explosions were traced to natural gas that leaked from a storage field seven miles from Hutchinson and made its way under the ground to the city The leak caused gas geysers to erupt around Hutchinson. On Tuesday Hutchinson police continued to provide security at the mobile home park, and Kansas Gas Service vehicles also could be seen on the premises. "They may be doing a leak survey," said Kansas Gas Service spokesman Conrad Koehler He said crews will start turn-' ing the gas on today or Friday, and lines will be tested to each mobile home to ensure there's no problem. Kinder considers the park safe and said the precautions taken by the ^as company and the city were probably "overkill." He has asked residents to notify him by Friday if they plan to return. Counting several apartments in Big Chief, the park had 99 units, and Kinder said it was full and he was planning to expand before the blast. Most evacuees had their homes moved out of the park and Kinder estimated that only about 30 remained. Owners of several of those homes will move them out and Kinder said he has heard that some other people also plan to leave. See if it takes hiold He figures there will be about 20 mobile homes left. Kinder said it takes a minimum of 40 to 45 units for him to break even, and he plans to give it a "shot" through September to see if he can succeed. "I want to see if the RV park takes hold," he said. "I want to see if the people in here stay here, and I want to see if vye have anybody new coming in." APRIL IS NATIONAL FLOOR COVERING MONTH! Remember! We'll meet or beat any local competitive price! /i SUNFLOWER GRPE T ONE 2559 Market Place • 1/2 Mile North of Wal-Mart on 9th st. 825-6260 / 1-800-748-7493 HoursiMonday 6i Tlnirsday 9-7, Tucsci;!)', Wctlncsday, l-riiiay & Saturday 9-5:30, Clovfd Sunday, l-iiiiincin^ Available. Change TTV «. ^r»r» iL. I iTv rjc t- ppl'iances • Big ScK^g9 E'BpE^b . Includes m 2-IKIOH ^^^^ ^ ^ LAUNDRY PAIRS FOR EVERY BUDGET!! 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