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Utility improvements

Power line burial planned for FD in 2013

October 9, 2012
By BILL SHEA ( , Messenger News

More power lines are to be moved underground in Fort Dodge next year.

The targeted power lines are along First Avenue South between Veterans Bridge and 29th Street. They are to be buried in conjunction with a storm sewer project intended to improve drainage there.

MidAmerican Energy customers in the city will pay for the power line job with an extra charge added to their monthly electric bills. A typical household will pay $4 a month, Councilman Mark Taylor said Monday evening when the council discussed the project.

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These power lines along First Avenue South near Veterans Memorial Bridge are slated to be placed underground next year. A project estimated to cost $1.4 million would bury the lines between the bridge and 29th Street. That would be done in advance of a storm sewer job there.

The project is estimated to cost $1.4 million.

City Engineer Chad Schaeffer said he will present a contract with MidAmerican Energy for the power line relocation to the council for action on Oct. 22. He said if the council approves the contract, the utility will begin designing the project with the goal of starting construction as early as possible in the spring of 2013.

According to Schaeffer, the power line work should be done by midsummer. He said the storm sewer work would then begin in late summer.

MidAmerican Energy customers will be billed for the project beginning in February 2014, according to Schaeffer.

The project will be the latest in a series of power line burials in the city since 2010. Previously, lines have been buried on Fifth Avenue South between 21st and 32nd streets and along Kenyon Road. All of those projects have been paid for by MidAmerican Energy customers.

''I think it's pretty clear that burial of the power lines makes a big difference in the beautification of the city,'' said Councilman Dave Flattery.

Schaeffer said he recently met with representatives of the 20 largest electricity users in the city to discuss the planned power line burial.

''What everybody told us in a nutshell was 'We like what has been done,''' he said.



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