City electric in good shape financially

COLUMBIA CITY — While Columbia City’s Wastewater Department may be considering a rate increase due to poor financial standing, Columbia City Clerk-Treasurer Rosie Coyle said the city’s electric department has a good cash-flow. “The electric department is in good shape. That’s one we don’t have to worry about,” Coyle said. While the department is doing well financially, the city is still conserving funds for upcoming projects, such as the fiber network the city may install on the current electrical poles.The fiber network would provide better internet to the city’s buildings, as well as protect the city’s information.“There will be some expenses coming up next year,” said Shawn Lickey, superintendent of the electric department. “I want to make sure we’re making changes that will be beneficial in the long run, such as the fiber project.”To read the rest of this story, see the December 7-8 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.