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Archive for Tuesday, January 28, 1992

S ELECTRICITY PLAN SPARKS INTEREST FROM COUNCIL

January 28, 1992

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— Low voltage problems for Eudora electricity consumers could be zapped under a plan discussed by city council members at Monday's meeting.

Keith Brown, of Reed Veach Wurdeman & Associates, the Nebraska firm hired to conduct a study of the city's electricity needs, shared his findings with the council.

"Your electrical system is getting to the point where the load is about all the 4 kv (kilovolt) system is going to be able to handle," Brown said. As examples of the growing burden on the electrical system, Brown mentioned the Winchester Estates subdivision, Intech Business Park and housing developments near the Kansas Highway 10 interchange at Douglas County Road 1057.

BROWN SAID the city could improve service for the 1992 summer peak season with minor new construction, but recommended a three- to five-year plan for building a new substation and converting the system to higher voltage to meet long-term needs.

"A 12 kv voltage system could carry three or four times as much electrical power as the present system," he said.

To prepare for high electrical use in the coming summer months, Brown suggested the city reconfigure several residential lines and take advantage of a temporary feed from Kansas Power & Light to help handle peak usage at the business park.

Gary Malburg, city superintendent, said an agreement has been reached with KPL and work is under way to meet needs of electrical customers through 1992.

THE LONG-TERM plan calls for a new substation about a half mile south of the K-10 interchange and elimination of the existing substation in northeast Eudora within the next five years, Brown said.

He recommended converting the system to 12.5 kilovolts gradually during that time period until the entire city is served by the new substation. Brown said the council must commit to building the new substation within the next few months to meet KPL's deadline for eliminating the existing substation within three to five years.

Mayor Jim Hoover asked him to bring cost estimates and a year-by-year description of the project to the next council meeting, Feb. 24.

In other business at the meeting, council members:

Approved the Eudora Recreation Commission's request to install a new scoreboard at the Little League ballfield.

Approved the purchase of a rockspreader from Victor L. Phillips for $6,385.

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