Southern Iowa Electric Cooperative (SIEC) was recently awarded a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These funds were allocated for the purpose of rebuilding and strengthening overhead power lines throughout the Cooperative’s service territory to mitigate future damages to the electric distribution facilities in the event of future natural disasters.
Some of the cooperative’s power lines scheduled for re-construction transits on or near property in Salt Creek Township, Davis County, Iowa. In most cases, the Cooperative will be installing new poles with shorter span lengths and replacing the existing small copper conductors with larger aluminum conductors. Any significant changes in the power line alignment or location of the power line will result in notification from SIEC.
The first phase of these projects will include surveyors/engineers in the above mentioned area placing stakes (wooden lathe) for new pole and anchor placements and also gathering data for design of the new power line. These individuals will be employees of both the Cooperative and Stanley Consultants, a contract engineering firm hired by SIEC. These Contractors will be issued an identification tag from the Cooperative and their vehicles will be equipped with a magnetic decal that reads “Contractor For Southern Iowa Electric Cooperative”. These individuals are anticipated to begin working sometime after April 1, 2019.
The second phase of the projects will include the construction. Contractors will be hired through a bidding process. Dates for construction have not been established but are anticipated to begin July of 2019.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding the activities as described above, please let us know as soon as possible so that we may properly address them and mitigate any delays in design or construction.
We appreciate your Cooperation on these matters as we strive to continue delivering safe, reliable electric power.