Inspection of 16,000 utility poles underway in Columbia

1 year 8 months 4 weeks ago Thursday, October 20 2016 Oct 20, 2016 Thursday, October 20, 2016 2:46:00 PM CDT October 20, 2016 in News
By: Sarah Henzel & Lexi Larson, KOMU 8 Reporters
loading

COLUMBIA - Columbia Water & Light contracted outside workers to inspect 16,000 utility poles across Columbia.

Workers from Lee's Inspection are currently focusing on the central city area.

Columbia Water & Light Utilities Services Specialist Connie Kacprowicz said contracting outside workers is cheaper than using linemen employed by the city.

"By using contracted workers we can go out on bid and get the lowest cost," Kacprowicz said.

She said the contracted workers don't need to be paid as much as linemen because the workers are only qualified to inspect the poles, while the linemen are also qualified to do maintenance on them.

"Linemen have to be trained to do the work they're doing, and many times they're doing work on live electric lines," Kacprowicz said. "So we don't want them to be taken out to do that kind of work."

The contracted workers will note any problems or other lines that are attached to the poles and ensure the pole numbers match the information in the city's geographic information system.

"This is part of our routine maintenance," Kacprowicz said. "We do pole inspections, but we also have someone on our staff that goes out with a very good quality infrared camera to check for hot spots where there might be a mechanical failure about to happen."

Kacprowicz said the city needs to make sure all the equipment is working properly.

"It's important to make sure that all of our equipment in our system is reliable," Kacprowicz said. "Part of that is, we have overhead electric lines and we need to make sure that the pole is stable and in good condition."

Kacprowicz said the work will likely continue into the winter months.

"If you see someone in the high-vis yellow jacket with a hard hat on walking around and inspecting the poles, know that they are working for Water and Light." Kacprowicz said.

 

More News

Grid
List
(CNN) -- Gracelyn Mae Violet Griffin already had a "Little Nugget" onesie picked out for her before she arrived in... More >>
9 minutes ago Saturday, July 21 2018 Jul 21, 2018 Saturday, July 21, 2018 12:35:28 PM CDT July 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — An organization backing one of three competing medical marijuana initiatives in Missouri has continued to bring... More >>
1 hour ago Saturday, July 21 2018 Jul 21, 2018 Saturday, July 21, 2018 11:26:57 AM CDT July 21, 2018 in News
LAKE OF THE OZARKS - 64 years later, a different lake and nearly triple the death toll, the duck boat... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 9:12:00 PM CDT July 20, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- Russian intelligence operatives attempted to hack into the online accounts of staffers on three congressional campaigns in the... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 8:46:27 PM CDT July 20, 2018 in News
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — As Charlotte, North Carolina, celebrates being chosen Friday to host the 2020 Republican National Convention, an... More >>
16 hours ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 8:05:32 PM CDT July 20, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- A cardiologist who treated former President George H.W. Bush was killed Friday morning in a bicycle-to-bicycle drive-by shooting... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 7:34:02 PM CDT July 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department will move into a new neighborhood over the next few weeks. In July,... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 6:41:00 PM CDT July 20, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - A Steedman man was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of domestic... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 5:22:00 PM CDT July 20, 2018 in News
ST. JOSEPH (AP) — A Missouri man has pleaded guilty in the fatal beating of his 77-year-old grandmother while he... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 3:59:00 PM CDT July 20, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- The FBI is in possession of a recording between President Donald Trump and his former personal attorney Michael... More >>
21 hours ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 3:38:16 PM CDT July 20, 2018 in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY – House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty will resign from the Missouri House of Representatives effective Sunday in... More >>
23 hours ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 12:57:00 PM CDT July 20, 2018 in Top Stories
COLE COUNTY — The Cole County Sheriff’s Department responded to possible weapons violation on Thursday night. When the officers... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 11:47:00 AM CDT July 20, 2018 in Top Stories
(AP) - President Donald Trump has indicated that he's willing to hit every product imported from China with tariffs and... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 8:52:00 AM CDT July 20, 2018 in News
BRANSON - Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley will meet with investigators Saturday at Table Rock Lake to receive a briefing... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 7:23:00 AM CDT July 20, 2018 in News
BRANSON (AP) — The driver of a Missouri duck boat that sank and killed 17 people is being remembered as... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 7:16:00 AM CDT July 20, 2018 in News
BRANSON - The recent boat incident that killed 11 and injured seven in Branson isn't the first time Ride the... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 2:06:00 AM CDT July 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Thursday evening around 9:00 pm, two cars collided head-on at the intersection of Worley St. and W. Boulevard.... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 11:14:00 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A southern Missouri sheriff and a subordinate with whom he was having a romantic relationship have... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, July 19 2018 Jul 19, 2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 10:46:00 PM CDT July 19, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 84°
1pm 86°
2pm 87°
3pm 88°
4pm 88°