Spring Creek addition gets utility focus
by RICK NORTON Associate Editor
Jul 23, 2014 | 896 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With the fast approach of the “Dog Days” of summer, Cleveland Utilities crews from both the Electric and Water divisions are sweating it out to stay on schedule with a variety of residential, commercial, traffic, construction and maintenance projects.

Although many are ongoing initiatives — some lasting for a few days, some taking months depending on the scope of work — one of the newest to hit CU engineers’ drawing boards is another addition to the ever-growing Spring Creek Development, a residential complex located on Veterans Memorial Highway (also known as APD 40 and 25th Street).

In a recent report to the Cleveland Board of Public Utilities, Electric Division Vice President Bart Borden confirmed an unnamed developer has contacted the public utility to begin electric service planning for the new addition.

“The new section will be called Spring Creek Cove and will be located on the north side of 25th Street near Parkside Place,” Borden explained. “The new section will be an extension of the existing residential subdivision.”

He said Spring Creek Cove will consist of 16 lots ranging in size from one-half acre to one acre.

“Engineering is presently working on the electrical design,” Borden said.

The Electric Division leader also reported on a handful of other projects, including:

- Confirmed work has been completed on a new district substation that will include storage and bathroom facilities. He said the update includes the final financial report for the project that has covered several months.

- Work continued in May by Pointe General contractors on a final punch list of items submitted by CU toward the completion of a building project that was formerly the site of Colloms Plumbing. Other than the punch list, the contractor’s work has been completed. CU crews are continuing to work on the installation of electric service. Bids have been solicited and received for a standby generator.

- Engineering issued a work order for a 9-unit apartment complex at The Crossing Phase III, located at Peoples Street and 13th Street NE, Borden reported. CU crews have installed a 75kVA transformer with an expected load of 72kW. Borden said he understands the residential units primarily will house Lee University students.

In a Water Division report, Vice President Craig T. Mullinax updated board members on a series of ongoing projects that included rehabilitation work at the Cleveland Wastewater Treatment Plant, the second floor remodeling of the Cleveland Filter Plant, the addition of UV disinfection to the Waterville Water Treatment Plant, water line extensions and relocations, and pump station improvements, among several others.

Mullinax also reported 694 water meters have now been converted to AMR/AMI automated units in the ongoing meter conversion pilot project.

In other developments during the CU board gathering:

- Ken Webb, CU president and CEO, recognized employee Luke Thomason who has passed his professional engineer’s test. Thomason will now be recognized in title as a “P.E.”

- Approved an annual service and materials contract with Vulcan Materials Company for the purchase of stone at a cost of $70,000; and a contract for alum sludge hauling from the Cleveland Filter Plant for Jackie Evans Trucking Company at a cost of $90,000.

- Approved a purchase order with Caldwell Paving and Grading Co. LLC in the amount of $129,845 for pavement restoration at various locations in the North-South Water Main (Phase II) construction project.

The CU board will receive updated reports from the Electric, Water and Wastewater divisions at its next scheduled session on Thursday at 3 p.m. in the Tom Wheeler Training Center.