Electrical Project Will Improve Safety And Solve Tree Problems

A proposed electrical project on the southwest side of Minden will improve line safety and solve an on-going problem with trees and inaccessibility, explained Nebraska Public Power District local manager Bryan Smith during an hour long presentation at the city council meeting on Monday night.
The council tabled approval of the project following Smith’s presentation for the March 21 meeting to allow residents more time to obtain information about the project and provide input to the city council.
The project cost is estimated at $64,848.35.  If approved those funds will come out of the $350,000 the city budgets each year for operations and maintenance projects with NPPD.
The City of Minden has had an operations and maintenance agreement with NPPD for the past 10 years. Through the OM agreement, the city is billed monthly for the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the substation, electrical utilities and general line maintenance.  A portion of the yearly budget is set aside for large capital projects in excess of $10,000.
Any project with costs exceeding $10,000 must be approved by the council.
The proposed project will remove overhead primary and secondary electrical lines in the area of south Blaine Avenue and south Webster from Pearson Circle to west Campbell Avenues, burying the lines underground.  Also included in the project are the installation of three pad mounted transformers and 6 secondary pedestals. The north portion of the project would remove two transclosures (overhead transformers in metal boxes fed underground) and 250 feet of 5 Kv direct bury cable and replace it with one pad mount transformer and one secondary pedestal.

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