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LCUB to clear right-of-way


Lenoir City Utilities Board approved right-of-way clearing and tree-trimming around 11 of its electrical feeders at its meeting Monday, Jan. 19.

Five contractors are clearing 476 miles of right-of-way for a nearly $1.2 million tab.

“This is the second time we’ve got started back around on this circuit. It’s been four or five years,” LCUB general manager Fred Nelson said.

“This time around, to trim the same circuit, it cost about $33,000 more. Of course, fuel costs have gone up and so has labor.

“We felt that was very reasonable,” he added.


Wolf Tree Experts, Townsend Corporation, Nunley Construction, Galloway Construction LLC and Baird Tree Company, Inc., were the “lowest and best” bidders for the 11 circuits, including two circuits off the McFee Road feeder.

“[Trimming] has definitely saved us from outages from tree limbs falling and anytime a tree is touching a line, that’s using electricity and we’re paying for those losses,” Nelson said.

“Anytime we can keep that clear, we’re doing the best for our rate-payers,” he added.

Nelson said there was no schedule for the tree-trimming to be done, but the contractors would not be paid until each job was finished and inspected.

“They try to get through as fast as they can … and they don’t want to have to go back, so they usually do a pretty good job,” Nelson said.

In other business, the Board:

• authorized the Sewer Department to accept bids for the video taping and cleaning sewer project.

• approved a bid for $89,600 to Stansberry and Associates for the purchase of four 13-KV vacuum breakers.

• approved a bid for $131,560 to Stansberry and Associates for the purchase of four 69-KV breakers.

 

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