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Traer voters approve natural gas measure

TRAER (KWWL) - Voters in the Tama County town of Traer approved a measure Tuesday that would give the city council the go ahead to sign a 20 year deal with Interstate Light and Power to "erect, construct, reconstruct, maintain, and operate a natural gas utility within the corporate limits of the City of Traer." The vote passed 374 to 280.

This vote most likely means city leaders will stop investigating ways to create their own municipal gas utility.

In the last special election that happened September 2007, the ballot read: (A) Shall the following public measure be adopted? Yes or No. "SHALL THE CITY OF TRAER, IN THE COUNTY OF TAMA, STATE OF IOWA, BE AUTHORIZED TO ESTABLISH A MUNICIPALLY-OWNED GASWORKS?" (B) Shall the following public measure be adopted? Yes or No. SHALL THE MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL OF THE MUNICIPALLY-OWNED GASWORKS BE PLACED IN THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE TRAER MUNICIPAL UTILITIES CONSISTING OF FIVE TRUSTEES WHO SERVE AS THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR THE MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC, WATER, AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS?"

The results were: public measure A, 342 yes to 308 no, public measure B, 336 yes to 304 no. Both of these public measures passed. Traer Municipal Utilities has the citizens' of Traer approval to municipalize a gas utility and to run it.

Online Producer: Jason Mortvedt

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