Hutchinson Health recently received a white ribbon from the Minnesota Department of Health for its participation in the FluSafe program. The program encourages health care organizations to vaccinate as many employees as possible.
The start of another school year is marked by several things, among them the bright yellow school buses on our roadways. According to the American School Bus Council, school buses are designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in avoiding crashes and preventing injury. School buses are the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth to school, and they keep an annual estimated 17.3 million vehicles off roadways surrounding schools each morning.
The Leader recently reported that the new 400-kilowatt (peak output) solar array next to the Hutchinson waste water plant would soon be online at a capital cost of about $1.5 million. The Leader also reported the expected sales of electricity from the facility would amount to about $40,000 per year (about 800,000 Kwh at 5 cents per Kwh). A quick bit of math calculates the payback on $1.5 million at 3 percent over the 25-year life guarantee of the equipment to be about $86,000 per year. If all of the income is applied only to the $510,000 that the city is providing, then the 15-year payback is still marginal.