Res­i­dents as­sured of in­for­ma­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Ju­lian Wright

TOWN of Cam­bridge Mayor Keri Shan­non has as­sured res­i­dents they will be kept in the loop re­gard­ing un­der­ground power progress.

In Au­gust, res­i­dents in ar­eas ser­viced by over­head power lines would have re­ceived a sur­vey from the Depart­ment of Fi­nance to de­ter­mine their level of sup­port for un­der­ground power and will­ing­ness to con­trib­ute to the cost.

Ms Shan­non said the Town this year made four ap­pli­ca­tions for State Gov­ern­ment fund­ing to the State Un­der­ground Power Pro­gram (SUPP) and pub­lic feed­back was sought.

“If sur­veyed res­i­dents vote for the pro­gram we have a bet­ter chance the Town’s projects will progress to the next stage for con­sid­er­a­tion,” she said. “Say­ing yes in the sur­vey does not com­mit you to un­der­ground power.

“If any or all of our projects progress to the next stage we will con­tact ev­ery­one in the se­lected project ar­eas ad­vis­ing ac­cu­rate costs, the pay­ment model and pay­ment op­tions.”

She said the Town was pre­pared to con­trib­ute about $17 mil­lion to­ward the cost of bury­ing power lines.

“This is best chance we have had to-date to con­vert all prop­er­ties in the Town to un­der­ground power,” she said.

“We be­lieve there are cost sav­ings and economies of scale by par­tic­i­pat­ing in the SUPP.”

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