June 2, 2016
Recent Power Issues in the Village of Albany, IL
A little background: The Village of Albany, IL buys electricity wholesale from Alliant Energy. The power is transmitted through a transmission grid until it reaches the Albany Substation which is operated by ITC. Electricity is then transformed to a lower voltage at the substation then sent through a distribution line, owned and operated by Jo Carroll Energy which runs along Palmer Rd., to Albany. The Village claims responsibility of the distribution grid in town to the pole in front of Bunge Corp., which has the town metering structure on it. Any issues that causes faults on either side of that pole depends on whether or not the Village is responsible for correcting them or the previous agencies on the line and substation side.
The 3 outages we have experienced over the last week are all purely coincidental. The first outage was caused by a tree branch that fell, due to a storm; across the three phases that feed the town of Albany. The area affected was on the Village of Albany side of the metering pole. We removed the branch, cleared away the lines and restored power. Later that night, the town experienced another outage. My first thought it had to do with another branch, but that wasn’t the case. Come to find out, a lightning arrestor was blown due to what I think was a power surge. It is still unknown as to what caused the arrestor to blow. The outage we experienced last night, again, was frustrating to everyone. When I was notified of the outage, I immediately checked the feeder lines coming into town. Right away I knew that the Jo Carroll or ITC side of the line was affected, due to Bunge being out as well this time. I called my contact at Jo Carroll and they dispatched a tech ASAP to diagnose the problem. We found that a raccoon laid across a phase at a capacitor bank upstream of Bunge which the substation tripped out to prevent any further issues until corrected.
I hope this clears up some of the confusion and answers some the questions that the residents of town may have. During an outage, I experience roughly 30 calls per issue; depending on the severity and time of the event. I am working to restore power as fast I can, and cannot answer every call that I get. The best and most efficient way to inform me of an outage is to call first, if I do not answer please send me a text message if you are capable. I carry a work phone: 815-631-2179, during business hours; and a personal phone: 309-428-5066, during my off hours. I have read complaints on Facebook and received calls about other individuals being bothered during outages the Village is experiencing. Other employees or individuals affiliated with the town will not have information on outages; only Albany Public Works, Albany Fire Dept., or Albany Police Dept. will have information due to the issues; please be respectful to other individuals. Thank you!!
Village of Albany Public Works
Night Be Christmas... Firefighter Style
Albany Fire Protection District is looking for teams for its annual Miss Flame Water Fights. It will be held Saturday August 2 @ 1000. It is open to all departments. If interested Msg Deputy Chief Brandon Litherland or call 309-887-4451 and leave a msg and somebody will get back with you
[03/30/14] Come on down for the pancake breakfast! Open til 1!
[03/11/14] March Movie night will be March 28th. We will be watching Turbo....come join us. Doors open at 6:30 PM.
[01/18/14] Movie night next month will be a double feature. Despicable Me 1 and 2. February 15th....which is a Saturday(not our normal Friday night). First Movie will start at 530pm Doors open at 5pm.
[01/16/14] Dont forget to come see us at the fire station tomorrow night! Planes! Popcorn and snacks too!
[01/15/14] Movie Night This Friday night January 17th. Movie showing is Planes. Come join us, you know you have nothing better to do! LOL.
Here's to the firefighters who put their lives on the line every day. The wording was written by one of our members, photos were all from 2012. If you'd like...
[12/20/13] We are going to cancel tonight's movie. Please be safe and have a merry Christmas! We will keep you informed for January movie night!
[12/20/13] Movie night has been cancelled for tonight do to weather. Drive safe and have a very Merry Christmas....See you next year(January)!
[12/20/13] With weather the way it is, considering cancelling this month's movie. Feed back is greatly appreciated.
[11/28/13] Hope everyone has a good and safe thanksgiving! See you all Dec 20th for Planes!
[11/22/13] Popcorn is hot! Hot dogs r cookin!
[11/22/13] See you all tonight!
Who wouldn't want to see this!?
[11/19/13] Don't forget to tell all your family and friends about this Friday night! Hot dogs, popcorn, drinks and snacks! And the movie The Croods! See you all there!
[11/12/13] Movie Night for November will be 11/22 at 6:30pm. The movie this month is THE CROODS! Come join us!
[10/17/13] Don't forget movie night tomorrow! Games n snacks before movie. Costume contest! Bring the kids and have fun with us! Oz the great and powerful will be playing! Doors open 530, movie to start after games. Hoping for 7. Hooe to see everyone at the Albany fire station!
[10/13/13] please tell all your friends about Movie Night this coming Friday October 18th. I have lots of fun games and activities planned and there will be food and just an all around fun fun fun night! Please lets try to make this one a big success!
[10/04/13] Movie night for October will be October 18th at 5:30. This is our Halloween Edition Movie night. Come in costume. There will be games and prizes for the kids and we will provide hot dogs snacks and drinks. Its gonna be fun! The movie is Oz the Great and Powerful.
[09/15/13] We are planning a big Halloween themed movie night for next month...Costumes, fun snacks, etc. Please stay tuned for more details.
[09/13/13] Tonight's the night! Cant wait to see every body at the station for movie night! Been a good summer break, but its time to get back to entertaining the kids. Franken Weenie tonight. Plus i will announce plans for next months movie night. Got something fun in the works for a Halloween theme movie night! See you all tonight!
[08/06/13] Our next movie night will be September 13th, 2013 and we will be showing the movie Frankenweenie! We also hope to have our Newly crowned 2013 Miss Flame and Miss Spark on hand to do a fire prevention lesson as well.(haven't confirmed their availability yet though). Hope to see you all there.
[06/14/13] Due to conflicts in events, movie night will have to be rescheduled to June 28th. Hope this worls better for everybody. See you all there!
[05/31/13] Thinking about playing the original Ice Age this month. How does that sound? Any questions or comments feel free to leave a note. Also thinking June 21st sounds like a good date let me know if that works.
Movie Night at the Fire House's cover photo
"Wreck it Ralph"
Friday, May 17th
Doors open at 6 movie at 7
Miss Flame doing a fire safety presentation prior to movie!
[04/19/13] Tonight's the night! Hope to see everybody there! doors open at six movie starts at 630
Don't miss the Firemen's Pancake breakfast!
@ the Albany fire station!
7-1 Sunday April 14th
April dates are as follows: 14th 7-2 is firemens pancake breakfast!
19th @ 630 is movie night
We will be showing "Rise of the Guardians"
Tell all your friends and family! These are 2 events that you won't wanna miss!!!!
[03/03/13] Don't forget to come out and wayvh Brave with us this Friday! Movie starts at 630! Also.. today the Niabi zoo will be at the Albany fire station. Bring out the kids!
[02/16/13] Another movie gone by! Next month will be on the 15th again. We got the hot dog roller cleaned up, and used it last night. Worked great! So from now on we will hav hotdogs available along with the popcorn and other snacks. Stay tuned for the announcement of tge movie playing in March!
[02/07/13] Don't forget, one week from tomorrow is movie night! Despicable me is playing! Still need ideas to do sonething special for Valentine's. Pls share any idea's.
[01/20/13] thinking bout doin something special for Valentine's day movie night. any idea's?
[01/20/13] Thank you all who came and helped/watched the movie l ast night. Next month will be Despicable Me! Friday February 15th! See you then!
[01/17/13] So... Looks like I'm a little late putting this out but here goes, tomorrow night February 18th is movie night . Will be showing mister Popper's Penguins movie starts at 630 doors open at 6. Hope to see everybody there! Please tell all your friends and help spread the word. Thank You!
[01/07/13] This months movie night will be on the 18th at 630. The movie will be Mr. Poppers Penguins! See you there!
[12/15/12] Thank you to all who came out tonight! And to all who help make this a success! Can't wait til next month! Be sure to invite all your friends and family. Sounds like Ice age next month, on the 18th.
[12/05/12] Movie Night Friday December 14th Arthurs Christmas....doors open at 6pm movie starts at 630! Hope to see you all there!
[11/22/12] Hope everybody has a happy thanksgiving!
[11/20/12] Good turn out Friday night! Thank you to all that came! Dec 14th will be next movie night. Arthur's Christmas, starts at 630
[11/16/12] Tonight's the night! Hoping for a full house!
[11/09/12] Only a week away! Hope everybody has marked they're calender's, and set reminders in they're smart phones!