Due to a testing error, City Manager Rad Bartlam canceled a special session of the Lodi City Council on Tuesday.
In July, the Lodi Electric Utility was inspecting the industrial substation on Lodi Avenue as part of regular maintenance. A technician found a heat sensor was on alert in one of the transformers. In response, a sample of the oil within was sent out for testing.
It came back last week with a result indicating a major inspection was needed, one that could cost several thousand dollars. A technician would need to drain all the oil from a transformer, contain it, and go inside for a full inspection. At that point, if anything is found to be wrong, repairs could be costly.
As a precaution, Electric Utility Director Liz Kirkley had set up a special meeting with the Lodi City Council. If an expense is more than $20,000, the city council must approve it at a public meeting.
In the meantime, the oil was tested again. No problems were found during the retest, and the alert stopped when the heat sensor was replaced for $200.
The item was withdrawn from the meeting agenda with no discussion.