Board of Public Utilities hears CU project updates

By LARRY C. BOWERS
Posted 12/26/17

Bart Borden, vice president of Cleveland Utilities' Electric Division, provided the utility's board with a report on ongoing projects at December's meeting.The meeting, which doubled as a …

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Bart Borden, vice president of Cleveland Utilities' Electric Division, provided the utility's board with a report on ongoing projects at December's meeting.

The meeting, which doubled as a holiday luncheon for the board, was held at the Tom Wheeler Training Center, next to the utility's main offices on Guthrie Avenue. 

Borden said utility crews are ready to begin work on the Harriman Road/Spring Branch Industrial Park transmission line, after a recent delay.

"This project was delayed because of a few design changes required due to a guardrail location and elevation changes in the commercial development area," he said.

"The design required a few change in pole heights and location," he added. "The design is now complete, and construction can begin."

Other Electric Division projects, and their status:

• All construction has been completed on Freewill Road's new overhead line, for annexation and pole installations from Freewill to 22nd Street.

Underground facility installation began in the Ashwood Place residential development for 26 lots, and progressed through October. 

Borden said the development is in the annexed area served by the new distribution lines. This included the need to acquire easements, trim and cut trees, and  the relocation of the overhead lines.

• Work progressed through October on the Randolph Samples Road tie line.

The three-phase dead-end pole on Bates Pike required changing to a taller structure. This additional work is not reflected in the initial estimate, therefore the financial comparison will be affected by increased costs.

• The utility's Engineering Department has released a work order to provide temporary service for the construction of the city's new Fire Station No. 6 on Westland Drive.

The work will consist of installing 230 feet of underground primary conductor, a 75kVA pad-mount transformer, and connection of temporary service conductors.

• Permanent service has been provided for Lee University's bell tower.

Construction crews installed 900 feet of underground primary conductors, a 75 kVA three-phase pad-mount transformer and connected the customer-owned underground service conductors to serve the new load.

• Construction crews have extended overhead primary lines 490 feet, and installed 4,800 feet of underground primary conductors, a 225 kVA three-phase transformer and connected a temporary pole for the new operations center at  Perry Stone Ministries, on Azusa Road off Urbane Road.

• Engineering and operations personnel, accompanied by Fisher Arnold Consulting engineers, conducted a plant visit and evaluation of the Virginia Transformer facility in Rincon, Ga., near Savannah.

This visit was to observe the transformer manufacturing facility, in relation to the purchase of three transformers for Cleveland Utilities.

CU has accepted Virginia Transformer as an approved supplier. The transformers are scheduled to be shipped between the middle of September 2018, and the first of October, provided no issues arise in the manufacturing process.

• One of the utility's main contracts is for tree management.

Borden said Utility Forester Nick Romito worked hard to formulate the contract and specifications to fully cover the utility's needs in tree management — with new requirements.

CU's agenda included a request for approval  of a purchase order to cover six months of tree trimming services, beginning Jan. 1, 2018, for three distribution substations with a total of 10 distribution circuits under new requirements and specifications.

The $592,850 contract  with ABC Professional Tree Services was approved by the board.

• Borden said there were no significant projects for traffic signals during the month.

He added that timing studies, equipment settings and evaluations are ongoing for various intersections and thoroughfares.


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