The JEA board met on January 24 and they are making several improvements to their services, including some for their industrial customers. The board also bid Vicky Wright a fond farewell. The corporate secretary is retiring on January 31 after 35 years of service.
The board approved a motion to purchase property on Flex Drive for $125,000. They will place an industrial substation on this property. The closeness of this substation to many of their industrial customers mean that it minimizes risk factors like lightning strikes and provides a reliable source feed.
After construction, there may be extra space to sell to companies looking to expand and meet their green space criteria.
Next, the board approved for the construction of a transmission line from Muse to Lambuth and tree trimming along that route. Standard Electric is constructing the line.
The mayor is on board with the tree-trimming plan and property owners have not expressed any major kickback. JEA agreed to plant some power line friendly trees. Asplundh Tree Expert Company is handling the trees.
The board also passed the installation of self-supporting poles. These allow the poles to carry heavier lines. The installation requires drilling a deep hole into the ground and filling it with high stress concrete and a rebar cage construction.
The board approved the purchase of gas well punch tees and the construction of a compressed natural gas fueling station. They also adopted the 15th edition of the APPA Safety Manual. It includes some changes like prohibiting the use of cell phones in the bucket truck and putting on the electric safety gloves before you leave the ground and only removing them when you return to the ground.
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