February 12, 2016

Vandals cause hour-plus long power outage Saturday

Mark Taylor submissions@gardnernews.com Vandals damaged a Gardner substation over the weekend, causing a power outage for about one-third of the city’s electric customers. Bill Krawczyk, electric utility director, said someone broke into Substation 2 at Main Street and Moonlight Road around 11 p.m. on May 29 after cutting a hole in the fence surrounding the Continue Reading

Electric utility board discusses long-term strategy

Amy Cunningham acunningham@gardnernews.com As part of a long-term plan to move the city’s electric forward, Gardner Electric’s Director Bill Krawczyk has identified five main components that he believes will be critical to the organization’s success: rate stability, outage responsiveness, service reliability, public safety and succession planning. Krawczyk told members of the Gardner Utility Board there Continue Reading

Utility board raises franchise fee to give employees pay raise

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Members of the electric utility board agreed to inject $260,000 into the city of Gardner’s budget next year. At a special meeting, the board members approved a measure that would increase the city franchise fee from 5 percent to 7 percent. According to Bill Krawczyk, Electric Utility Director, the fee increase would Continue Reading