At October 21st Gillette City Council meeting was the third and final reading on the annexation of Camplex. That reading got a five to two approval, with only council members John Opseth and Kevin McGrath voting no. Before the final vote was taken, Council President Opseth asked City Administrator Carter Napier to go over some of the costs.
“I asked what the know costs are and its estimated at about $150,000.00 right now.”---Opseth
Opseth says he believes the city will gain nothing with the annexation of Camplex, and he wanted to point out the cost one more time for the public.
“I just want to get it out in public what it will cost us to pay PreCorp to buy out their service; “That’s the bulk of that cost. There is also going to be some unknown costs I’m sure but those haven’t been calculated.”---Opseth
On the other side, Mayor Tom Murphy had a question for Napier about potential savings saying that the per kilowatt hour rates by Powder River Energy Corporation were higher than those from the City of Gillette, and may be going up.
“Mr. Mayor, they are in the process of approaching the PSC for a rate hearing, which would indicate that they are looking for increases.”---Napier
After the 5-2 vote to approve the annexation, and the conclusion of the meeting, Opseth said the costs of annexation are certain, and the savings are an assumption.
“What the Mayor was referring to was what PreCorp's electrical rates are verses the city's; and currently, the city is serving the Camplex, and he was assuming that PreCorp would be taking that over and charging the Camplex more. But that’s something that would have to be decided down the road in courts if we would not have annexed.”