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The Fairfield City Council is looking to choose a contractor to complete their latest project this summer

Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 9:13 PM CDT
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FAIRFIELD, Iowa (KYOU) - The Fairfield City Council is working towards making the area more sustainable for living by adding a new electric vehicle charging station near the downtown area.

It will be located along West Briggs Avenue in the parking lot between the Convention Center and Orpheum Theatre.

City Council member Michael Halley says this location was chosen specifically because of the nearby amenities.

“When you charge an electric vehicle it doesn’t charge as fast as filling up your gas tank. It’s not a few minutes, it’s going to be half an hour or longer so to entertain yourself it’s good to have things to do in the area.”

The station is expected to have 24-hour access to both hybrid or fully electric vehicles with dual charging ports to charge two vehicles at once.

The charging station can be found using a website called plugshare.com that will lead you to all charging stations in the surrounding area.

Halley says this project was approved last year but had to be put on pause due to covid. However, he expects the installation to happen this summer.

He says the next step is to find a contractor to install the stations. So far there are four prospects and the council will be making this decision during the June 28th council meeting.

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