CU crews kept busy on storm recovery, building projects

Update is given to utility board

By LARRY C. BOWERS Banner Staff Writer
Posted 12/5/16

Last week’s storms kept line crews busy responding to a scattering of reported power outages, according to Bart Borden, vice resident of the Election Division at Cleveland Utilities.

Borden, …

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CU crews kept busy on storm recovery, building projects

Update is given to utility board

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Last week’s storms kept line crews busy responding to a scattering of reported power outages, according to Bart Borden, vice resident of the Election Division at Cleveland Utilities.

Borden, who advised most of the outages were corrected in a short period of time, provided the update during a recent session of the Cleveland Board of Public Utilities.

A highlight of Borden’s report to the utility board focused on CU involvement in a variety of commercial developments in the Cleveland and Bradley County community.

Borden said the engineering department is working with contractors and developers on multiple commercial projects, as well as providing service to a new subdivision.

Among the commercial projects are planning and design work for the new campus project at Lake Forest Middle School, the new Southeast Bank building at the corner of Keith Street and Raider Drive (the old Shoney’s restaurant location), Wendy’s new restaurant at the corner of Paul Huff Parkway and Frontage Road, Lee University’s new bell tower on 6th Street S.E., and three new residential buildings in the Professional Park off Clingan Ridge Drive N.W.

Engineering is also working with the developer of Timber Creek Subdivision to design the electrical service for the third phase of the subdivision off Peach Orchard Hill Road N.E.

This phase will consist of 23 new building lots.

Borden updated the board on a number of other projects:

— There is work being done on a section of transmission line on Blue Springs Road. Construction began when the line was taken out of service in October. New steel poles and conductors have been installed, and the project was completed in mid-November.

— The Harriman Road/Spring Branch Industrial Park transmission line is being built in phases.

“Our transmission designer has completed 90 percent of the line from the South Cleveland Substation to the first major curve along Stone Lake Road,” said Borden. He added that due to the significant grade work on the Cherokee Gateway development site, the phase work was initiated.

— There is a facilities upgrade ongoing at Pine Forest Apartments.

The utility’s engineers are working with the apartment complex to do a service upgrade on all 11 of the buildings. Each building has eight to 11 meters, ganged within a meter center installed in the 1960s.

The customer will be upgrading the old meter centers with new meter centers equipped with a main 600-amp disconnect. The utility will be replacing the existing direct buried service conductors with conduit and new service conductors.

— The utility’s Electric Engineering and IT Geographic Information System are working together to convert the Bentley Systems GIS (geographic information system) to ESRI’s ArcGIS.

The original GIS system was installed in 1992. Borden said the decision to move to the ESRI GIS solution are multiple. ESRI provides GIS solutions to over 350,000 organizations worldwide and interfaces with more third-party software solutions than any other available GIS system.

The utility’s Water Division has been using both GIS solutions for a number of years.

— Borden recognized the accomplishments of employee Nathan Casteel.

Casteel has been promoted to Engineering Technician Level 1. He has completed Utility Training Services Distribution Line Design and certification requiring successful completion of 84 hours of instruction.

— Also receiving recognition from Borden were line foreman Ernie Cannon and lineman Brandon Ingram.

The two linemen from the utility’s Operations Department attended the directional boring and underground facility locating school at the Kansas Institute of Underground Technology in Beloit, Kan.

Borden said the training has resulted in more efficient installation, and lower duty cycle on underground boring equipment, and safer operation around existing multiple utility lines.

He also updated board members concerning two traffic lighting projects:

Project 1 — A bicycle and pedestrian study on 25th and Keith streets. Traffic signal coordinator Tad Bacon participated in the study.

The scope of this study was from Georgetown Road to Keith Street, and north along Keith Street to Sahara Drive. Results will be submitted to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, and incorporated in future planning projects.

Project 2 — An intersection rebuild on 25th at Ocoee streets.

The Engineering Department and traffic light crews have been preparing a work order to rebuild the signals at the intersection.

The wiring and signal heads have reached their end of life, and maintenance calls indicate the work is needed.

Due to the volume of traffic at the intersection, preparation work will take place during the daytime and the intersection will be taken out of service at night. This work will require the assistance of the Cleveland Police Department to direct traffic during signal outage.

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