The New Ulm Public Utilities Commission approved a $1,250,476.78 bid from Hooper Corporation for the labor and material for the transmission pole replacement project. This project would resolve the two main issues related to the NUPU transmission system: woodpeckers and deteriorating wishbone structures. Woodpeckers have damaged the river crossing poles behind the wash plane. This line of poles carries 100% of the city’s energy into the system. Woodpecker damage has been an ongoing issue for the last few years. This project would replace the current wood poles and conductor with steel and eliminate the woodpecker problem.