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October 30, 2012
FALLS CITY -- Falls City doesn't have a gas station, but it could soon have an electric vehicle charging station.
The city was inching closer last week to joining the growing number of locations in the area with an EV station.
City Administrator Amber Mathiesen said ECOtality Inc., the company that makes the Blink chargers the city is proposing to install, has performed a walk-through of the proposed station location and the project contractor submitted a bid for installation last week.
"It looks like the next step in the process is for ECOtality to submit the bid for funding," Mathiesen said.
The funding for installation, if approved, would be provided by the U.S. Department of Energy. No city resources will go toward paying for the project.
A resident approached the city council in September about participating in the program that offers free charging station installations. The resident, Mike McConnell, suggested having an EV charging station in town could promote more tourism for the area.
"What we are proposing is two stations at City Hall," Mathiesen said.
Mathiesen said the city will now wait to hear back from ECOtality about funding approval, which could take up to a couple of weeks.