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City to pressure ComEd about outages

After a series of four recent power outages affecting parts of Evanston’s east side, an alderman says the city plans to step up pressure on ComEd about service interruptions.

Alderman Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, is telling constituents that City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz plans to raise the issue when he holds a scheduled meeting with ComEd representatives tomorrow.

The most recent power failures occurred Sunday morning and Tuesday morning. At least for some residents, both outages lasted about two hours.

Over the summer the city adopted a new five-year franchise agreement with the electric utility, despite complaints from Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, who said the utility’s performance didn’t justify a deal longer than the then expiring three-year agreement.

The city’s energy commission had favored the longer term, saying ComEd had made progress in improving its service reliability and had achieved a collaborative working relationship with the city.

The most dramatic recent power outage occurred over the July 4 weekend when an electrical fire in a transformer vault outside the McGaw YMCA knocked out power to much of downtown Evanston and forced the overnight evacuation of the YMCA’s residents.

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