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HUBBARD Long-range plan would benefit city



Published: Mon, April 8, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Some improvements won't be done for three years.

By TIM YOVICH

VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF

HUBBARD -- The head of Hubbard Electric Department has a long-range plan he says will generate revenue, keep prices down and provide more reliable service.

"You put on a priority those things that increase revenue," Joseph Slick said of the three-year plan.

The city buys its power from American Municipal Power of Ohio at a wholesale rate and resells it to residents and businesses through city transmission lines.

Slick said some projects he wants done will take three years before the work can begin because of limited manpower in his department.

One project that will begin when the weather improves is rebuilding 2,800 feet of power line along Myron Street, from North Main Street to Caroline Avenue.

The area has been plagued by power outages and is the focus of complaints from residents.

What's planned: When an agreement is reached with Lighting Products Inc. on the Myron Street job, the city will install three large diesel generators it has purchased through AMP-Ohio.

Slick explained the generators can handle about a third of customer demand. When the price of wholesale power increases during peak periods such as in the summer, the generators will be switched on.

Thus, Slick said, the city won't have to pass the increased cost of wholesale power onto its customers. The generators were bought for $2.1 million and will be paid off over 20 years.

This week, the department is expected to begin work to install a 1,100-foot underground line to service the annexed Pine Lakes Golf Club and another 1,000 feet to provide power to the annexed Bell Wick Bowl.

As the golf club's residential housing phase begins, that line will be extended.

The plan also calls for extending a 2,400-foot line to the site of the proposed Flying J Travel Plaza at Interstate 80 and Routes 62 and 7 just north of town in Hubbard Township.

Slick said providing service to Flying J will cost $53,000 and generate a net $13,000 revenue the first year. After the first year, the city will get $66,000 annually.

Other upgrades: In addition, transmission lines will be upgraded on Fifth, Viola and Grandview avenues; Jones and Moore streets area; and East Water Street, from North Main Street to Hillcrest Avenue.

Improvements will also be made along Moore, from Elmwood Drive to Gary Drive; Gary, from Moore to Doris Drive; and Doris, from Gary to Triangle Drive.

Slick said that when these lines were installed, they could service the customers, but with the addition of appliances such as air conditioners, the lines are no longer adequate. This results in dimming lights, appliances that won't run and some power outages.

Additionally, upgrading will occur on Triangle, from Doris to East Liberty Street; East Liberty, from Triangle east 3,200 feet to service Deer Creek Golf Course after the 254-acre course is annexed into the city.

yovich@vindy.com




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