Fourth Benton Township lift station to get a permanent generator

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

BENTON TOWNSHIP — Three of Benton Township’s 25 lift stations have generators in fixed locations.

The Township Board has decided there should be a fourth.

Public Works Supervisor Andrew Jordan made the pitch to trustees for installing a 200-kilowatt generator at the Fair Avenue sewage lift station. The generator will cost the township $65,970.

“There is a (traffic) light to the north of it,” Jordan said. “It is extremely dangerous for us to back up our portable generator into that lift station because it is a one-way street. As soon as that light turns green, cars are coming down on you. It would be nice to have a stand-by generator there, that way we wouldn’t have to bring our portable one out in the event of a power outage.”

Jordan said the generator will be stationed at the lift station permanently and would automatically take over if the power went out.

The generator will be inside the fenced in area that surrounds the lift station

Superintendent Elden Piontek said the township’s sewer fund would cover the costs.

“We were $200,000 under budget after the sewer improvement projects,” Piontek said. “That allowed us to go ahead and make other improvements with the sewer system.”

The price given to the township for the diesel generator included a 400-amp outdoor non-service-rated transfer switch, a concrete pad with a gravel base, the startup and a two-hour testing/training session.

Beaudoin Electrical Construction Inc. gave the township the cost estimate. The company is based in Sodus.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Dec. 19, 2015)


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