Post Number: 5
|Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2007 - 08:52 am: |
I noticed new utility poles along Teel near Panther Creek. Why are the companies installing new poles (less attractive, risk of lines knocked down, etc) instead of putting the lines underground?
Curt Balogh, Spec. Asst. to the City Mgr
Post Number: 471
|Posted on Friday, October 26, 2007 - 10:29 am: |
Per Ron Patterson, Assistant City Manager:
The bottom line is that the electric and cable utilities are unwilling to pay the additional costs of burying their utility lines. Additionally, there has been recent legal action by utility companies against cities that have passed ordinances requiring the lines to be buried. One such example is where Oncor Electric Delivery took the City of Allen and a Coalition of Cities before the Public Utility Commission (“PUC”) to challenge their ability to require the lines to be buried. The Commission held that the cities could not place such requirement on the utility without the city (you the tax payer) paying the cost for burying such lines. This decision was challenged by Allen and the Coalition of Cities before Third District Court of Appeals and the court found in favor of the PUC upholding their ruling thus precluding cities from further blanket regulation of the burial of utilities.