Electrical Lines Could Give Parts of Columbia Commercial Access

3 years 6 months 1 week ago December 10, 2013 Dec 10, 2013 Tuesday, December 10 2013 Tuesday, December 10, 2013 1:53:00 PM CST in News
By: Alexis Rogers, KOMU 8 News Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - A new electrical plan could open up one of the largest commercial areas in Columbia. The Columbia Water and Light department held a meeting Tuesday to share the Discovery Park development with all residents in Columbia, especially those who own property adjacent to or near the project area. 

The large development plan would provide more electrical capacity and reliability to the commercial, residential and retail area located from Grindstone Parkway to the Discovery Park development at Ponderosa and Discovery Parkway.

Columbia Water and Light electrical engineer, Dan Clark said this area has the potential to be one of the biggest commercial areas in Columbia.

"It has multiple uses, residential and retail. It probably going to be at least as big or even bigger than the Columbia mall when it is all built out," he said.

Although there seem to be many positives to the underground electrical system, Clark said the plan would be quite expensive.

"It's probably going to cost around $700,000 to do this work which seems like a great deal of money but then again when people pay their electric bill every month that seems like a lot of money to them and this is what that money is used for to build new power lines and provide reliable service." said Clark. "We don't anticipate that this would be controversial in any way but still it is a lot of money. We want people to know how the funds that we collect from their electric bills are being spent."

The potential underground electric feeder would take the new electrical circuit from the grindstone substation and bring it to the Discovery Park development. From there, it would back up what currently serves Father Tolton Catholic High School.

If the space remains how it is now, Clark said the problem will still be there.

"There will definitely still be a problem, it's not reliable enough to serve such a large development. Currently there is only one electrical line circuit that serves the catholic school nearby the development," said Clark.

Having the electrical lines underground could be safer during severe weather. Clark said even though the lines may be safer, there are still potential problems.

"Underground lines are pretty much impervious to ice storms. They are not maintenance free, you can still have cable failures. So you do have to pay close attention to that underground power line just as you would the overhead power line but you don't have the sames kinds of problems," said Clark.

The Discovery Park development is still in the planning stages. The route could change due to suggestions at Tuesday's meeting. Columbia Water and Light will make a report to the city council. If approved, construction can begin. They hope to have the electrical line built by spring.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Some GOP state lawmakers want to give the Missouri attorney general authority to prosecute violations... More >>
50 minutes ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 1:21:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis judge has pushed back until Jan. 8 the retrial of a man accused... More >>
1 hour ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 12:59:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis County police are investigating the case of a toddler who died after the vehicle... More >>
1 hour ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 12:47:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police are searching for a man now accused of killing a couple and another... More >>
1 hour ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 12:42:00 PM CDT in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Callaway County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an initial 911 call Saturday morning reporting an airplane flying... More >>
2 hours ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 11:43:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY— The Sam B. Cook Healthplex hosted the 5th Annual Sweatin' to Make a Difference on Saturday. The... More >>
2 hours ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 11:40:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - An early Friday morning shooting has left one man with non-life-threatening injuries. Columbia Police officers responded to... More >>
3 hours ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 10:26:00 AM CDT in News
WASHINGTON (AP) - When the justices take the bench Monday for their final week before a summer hiatus, they are... More >>
5 hours ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 8:18:00 AM CDT in News
BOONVILLE – Residents gathered on Saturday for the 28th Annual Boonville Heritage Days. About 100 members of the community... More >>
9 hours ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 4:38:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Police are warning residents about a phone scam. The Columbia Police Department said it has received multiple... More >>
10 hours ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 3:52:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - MUPD officers gave the "all clear" late Friday night after authorities said they did not find an explosive... More >>
11 hours ago June 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017 Saturday, June 24 2017 Saturday, June 24, 2017 3:01:00 AM CDT in News
MONITEAU COUNTY - The Moniteau County sheriff denied accusations of the jail being in poor condition following posts on social... More >>
18 hours ago June 23, 2017 Jun 23, 2017 Friday, June 23 2017 Friday, June 23, 2017 7:48:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY - A Missouri non-profit organization is raising money for veterans in its own unique way, bull riding. ... More >>
18 hours ago June 23, 2017 Jun 23, 2017 Friday, June 23 2017 Friday, June 23, 2017 7:34:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
COLUMBIA- Rep. Chuck Basye, R-Rocheport and Sen. Caleb Rowden, R- Columbia met with dozens of Mid-Missouri parents and children to... More >>
18 hours ago June 23, 2017 Jun 23, 2017 Friday, June 23 2017 Friday, June 23, 2017 7:12:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - After residents said they did not want a roundabout, the Columbia Public Works Department has come up with... More >>
19 hours ago June 23, 2017 Jun 23, 2017 Friday, June 23 2017 Friday, June 23, 2017 7:05:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - More than 200 requests have come in so far in just the twenty-four hours after MU leadership announced... More >>
20 hours ago June 23, 2017 Jun 23, 2017 Friday, June 23 2017 Friday, June 23, 2017 5:13:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Pollen is not the only allergen that arrives with the warm summer weather. A specific type of tick... More >>
21 hours ago June 23, 2017 Jun 23, 2017 Friday, June 23 2017 Friday, June 23, 2017 4:36:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former St. Louis County sheriff's deputy faces up to a decade in federal prison now... More >>
21 hours ago June 23, 2017 Jun 23, 2017 Friday, June 23 2017 Friday, June 23, 2017 4:19:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 76°
3pm 77°
4pm 78°
5pm 78°
6pm 77°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

1:30p
Dew Tour
3:00p
Track & Field
5:00p
Jeopardy!
2:00p
The King of Queens
2:30p
The King of Queens
3:00p
Rookie Blue

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Nitro Circus
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld