CU board receives electric project reports

By LARRY C. BOWERS
Posted 10/30/17

Electric Engineering Manager Jimmy Isom stepped in for Electric Division Vice President Bart Borden to provide a report in a recent session of the Cleveland Board of Public Utilities.The October …

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Electric Engineering Manager Jimmy Isom stepped in for Electric Division Vice President Bart Borden to provide a report in a recent session of the Cleveland Board of Public Utilities.

The October board meeting was in the Tom Wheeler Training Center.

Borden was at the meeting, but had not anticipated being able to attend. He had asked the engineering manager to fill in.

Isom said utility crews are preparing to start on construction of the Harriman Road/Spring Branch Industrial Park transmission line.

The line crew has completed the assembly of two-piece galvanized steel transmission poles. All of the material has arrived and is in stock ready to start construction. 

An engineer  has issued the design to be reviewed by the manager of engineering (Isom) and the Electric Division Vice President (Borden).

In other Electric Division projects:

• Freewill Road's new overhead line for the annexed area of Freewill Road to 22nd Street N.W. is progressing.

Cleveland Utilities has completed the portion of the line along Freewill Road, and the first of three spans going west on 22nd Street. All of the required easements have been acquired along the front of lots facing 22nd Street.

Tree removal and trimming has begun for this project.  This project will also provide existing pole locations for future street lighting along 22nd Street.

Engineering has also released a work order to construct a three-phase joint-use line along New Murraytown Road, starting at 22nd Street and going south about 732 feet. 

This portion of the line will serve the newly annexed property, where a proposed 30-to-50 lot underground residential subdivision is being developed. This line will also position the utility for future annexations in this area.

• Work continued through September on the Randolph Samples Road tie line.

A taller and stronger ductile iron pole was added at the intersection of Randolph Samples and Bates Pike. This work was required due to the number and size of communication cables attached to this pole.

• Construction of the Bradley County School System's new building on the Lake Forest Middle School campus is progressing.

CU's Engineering Department has been working to finalize plans for the service layouts.

The transformer for the new building should be ready for installation by the end of the year. The school campus is presently metered by a single primary metering location.

The school system has the possibility of metering each of the three pad-mounted transformer locations separately.

This is driven by the fact some of the smaller buildings in the back of the campus will be utilized by different county entities, and will require separate billing. 

• Engineering has also been working on plans for an international Quest Lodge/IT Center on the Omega Center campus on Urbane Road N.E.

The new building will be directly behind the Omega Center, and has a three-phase service with an estimated peak load of 189 kW.

A work order has been issued to install about 1,600 feet of underground primary to serve the new building. The new feed is designed to provide electric service to the remaining buildings on the property, once an annexation purchase has been completed with Volunteer Energy. 

• Work is also planned at the Harriman Road substation site off Cherokee Gateway Boulevard.  Site-grading plans and SWPP documents are almost complete.

Cleveland Utilities has asked for a few changes to the existing plan that will slightly increase the pad size inside the fence, as well as increasing driveway clearance.

This clearance area is between the fence and substation structure to allow for easier access by the delivery trucks and cranes to set future power transformers.

• Isom reported on one traffic lighting project.

A work order has been issued to install left-turn signals and flashing yellow arrows at Spring Place and Durkee Road S.E. The arrows will be added to the Spring Place left-turn, where turn lanes already exist.

Wavetronix radar detection will also be added for the southbound and westbound approaches. This is a Bradley County-owned intersection, where the ground loops are failing.

• Plats and site plans reviewed in September include a revised stormwater plan for Ashwood Place on Freewill Road, site layout plan for Freeman Place on Michigan Avenue/Foxfire Road, and building renovation for Honda of Cleveland on South Lee Highway

• Reviews include Laura Ridge on Tasso Lane, Ocoee Street/Sunset Drive preliminary plat/site plan, Jack Duggan final plat on Worth Street, revised final plat for Hates Heights lots  12 and 14 on Robin Hood Road N.W., revised final plat for United Christian Church property on Smith Drive, final plat for Windsor Estates lots 20 and 21, and alley abandonment on old 1st Street at East Street.

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