The Minden City Council voted to give Mayor Tommy Davis authorization to attempt to negotiate the terms of the city’s contract with SWEPCO Monday.

The authorization included retaining legal counsel if need be.

“It (contract) was very good to Minden in the first five years, but as we all know, it hasn’t been recently,” Davis said.

Davis has explained in recent workshops the need for the negotiation, saying the city is paying too much for its energy costs.

The city pays millions of dollars each year for energy, he said, adding the city is in year six of its 20-year contract with the energy

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