Neighbors questioning plan to upgrade power system
The plan to update Traverse City's oldest power line is making some residents question whether it's the best option.
Right now the plan is to upgrade major transmission lines along Wayne Street built in 1959. Slabtown neighbors say they're concerned about the height of the poles, which are expected to be about four feet taller than normal.
The line along Wayne Street is considered a high priority, and is in Traverse City Light and Power's capital plan.
It's one of four other lines that are slated to be upgraded in the city.
The Wayne Street line will have more amperage but will keep the same voltage.
According to TCLP this is one of the reasons why the poles have to be taller than normal.
Burying the lines is an option, but is something that will increase the price.
â??Anything can be done for a price, and what I'm going to plan to do is to create a baseline for the light and power board that the most cost-effective is obviously to replace the line; upgrade the line in it's current location,â?? said Tim Arends, Traverse City Light & Power Executive Director.
Arends plans to meet with Traverse City officials along with Slabtown neighbors about what, if any changes need to be made to best fit the area.
The proposed project will cost nearly two million dollars.
Putting wires underground is about ten times more expensive than hanging wires above ground.
This topic is expected to be discussed at Monday's public hearing on the city's proposed budget.