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Power problems in central area of Newport

12:15pm
Problem at a substation. Problem solved. Power should be humming along normally.

Authorities are saying there has been either a power surge or a power outage in the central area of Newport at around 11:30am Sunday. A fire alarm is going on at Head Start at 253 NE 1st, the Newport Fire Department has switched to back up generators and the signal lights at 101 at 6th and 11th are malfunctioning.

Central Lincoln PUD replacing large transmission support structures in Alsea Bay

Keeping the juice flowing across Alsea Bay Maggie Rivers photo

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From Chris Chandler
Central Lincoln PUD

The two wooden structures holding up Central Lincoln’s 69-kilovolt lines across Alsea Bay in Waldport are nearly 50 years old, and those years have not been kind.

“Those two structures have been worrying me for some time, said Central Lincoln’s Chief Engineer, Bruce Lovelin. “They’ve been deteriorating due to rough coastal weather, age, and sea salt. And, if either of them had come down in a storm, we would have had to scramble to keep the lights and heat on in the Waldport area.”

But replacement in water isn’t as simple as just pulling out one, and putting in another. “We were required to get permits from several state and federal agencies due to their concerns for aquatic species, and the application process took nearly three years. The permits require us to be finished by March 15—less than two weeks away. We’ve carefully planned every detail, and are very hopeful we’ll have decent weather,” Lovelin said.

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What are currently two three-pole wooden structures will be replaced with two pairs of steel towers that will be only slightly higher than the old ones. “Guy” wires and anchors, and some old pilings will be removed as well. The new steel structures are expected to last 80 years, are designed to stand up to winds of 130 miles per hour, and won’t need guy wires or anchors. “We want customers in the Waldport area to know that at first, the new structures will stand out,” said Lovelin. “But after a few years, thanks to salt air and time, the steel structures will blend in much like the old wooden ones do now.”

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With a barge, a crane, four steel towers, installation of tower holders called “caissons,” and wooden structure removal there will be much to see in the Alsea Bay area in March. “This is a great project, and we welcome our customers to watch every step,” Lovelin smiled. “But safety comes first, so we ask that folks please stay back a safe distance. This especially includes boats, canoes, and kayaks. We appreciate everyone respecting our safety boundaries.”

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Lincoln City taxpayers saving over a million dollars in sewer bond interest…

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Saving citizens $1.2 Million in bond interest

Lincoln City City Manager David Hawker recently announced that he expected the city to save a significant amount of interest through a resale of some of the city’s outstanding municipal bonds. But he said in a news release issued this morning that the savings on this week’s 2005 sewer bond resale, which takes advantage of current low interest rates, the savings were quite substantial; well over a million dollars which Lincoln City taxpayers won’t have to pay.

Hawker praised city Financial Planner Ron Tierney for assembling a re-auction of the bonds which took several months to accomplish. Hawker said Tierney re-packaged the current bonds which were earlier auctioned at an interest rate of 4.53% and put them back on the bond market for re-sale. The $8.9 Million still unpaid were re-sold at a rate of 2.44% – a savings of $1.224 Million. Hawker said “Bonds are paid with sewer bills, property taxes and system development charges. The amount we need from these will be less.”

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Toledo’s request “moderates” for school district funds to help pay for upsizing water line to Toledo High

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It appears that the Toledo City Council may be backing away, somewhat, from it’s request that the Lincoln County School District pay for part of the costs of upsizing Toledo High School’s water line, to aid in fighting any fire at the facility. The council earlier caught wind that the school district paid for upsizing a similar water line for the new Waldport High School but had not offered funds to upsize the one to Toledo High.

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Toledo Mayor Ralph Grutzmacher said discussions with the school district have revealed that the Waldport Fire Marshal required the water line to Waldport High be made bigger than planned. And that a water pump boost station be added to the project. Net effect: A $350,000 bump up in the price of the new high school. School district officials told Grutzmacher that they had to subtract an equal amount out of the rest of the high school project which is currently being built.

The other part of the discussion centers around whether water system improvements to Toledo High School are solely because of the improvements to the high school. Toledo Public Works Director Adam Denlinger told the city council Tuesday night that water line improvements in the Toledo High School area are related to a Sturdevant Road area water system improvement plan that’s been on the books for a long time, a plan that is still ongoing. The system upgrade will serve more homes yet to be built as well as improve overall water pressure in the area.

So, the council appeared to cool to the idea of trying to get the school district to write the city a check for upsizing the line to the high school, although not absolving the school of some financial obligation in the future – the amount to be determined at a later date.

Lincoln City plugs big holes in it’s city-wide water system!

Fixing what’s wrong “down under”

Lincoln City water crews have fixed about half of the underground water leaks that were contributing to huge losses of water that the city pushes through the pipes but never gets paid for. At this time last year, fully forty percent of city water spewed out in underground leaks according to City Manager David Hawker.

But now, he says, they think they’ve cut that loss in half with two major repairs. But that still leaves 20% of the town’s water supply going to waste.

Hawker says work crews are still tracking more leaks with recently acquired high tech water leak detection equipment that they showed off to the city council. “It was well worth the investment,” explained Hawker. “This equipment is helping us add over 30% to our overall water supply and the only cost was paying for the equipment which is far cheaper than expanding the water treatment plant or water intake systems.

Public Works Director Lila Bradley says if any city, county or private water purveyor can get their leaks down to under 15% of what goes into the pipes, they’re doing pretty well.

Brown water alert in Newport! DON’T WASH YOUR CLOTHES!!!!

Many residents in the downtown region of Newport have been experiencing cloudy water over the last few hours. This was caused by inadvertent pipe scouring during the operating transition between the old and new water treatment facilities. The cloudiness in the water is caused by suspended manganese that normally lines the walls of the water distribution pipes. A sudden surge in water such as a fire hydrant being turned on will cause the manganese to break away from the pipe walls.

The water is safe to drink but you should wait to do laundry or use a lot of hot water until the manganese settles out. Using hot water causes the manganese to collect in the hot water heater.

The city is actively flushing the lines but the cloudy water issue is so widespread across town that it will likely need to settle in the lines before the water clears up. This may take several hours. The city apologizes for any inconvenience this issue may have caused.

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