Residents assured of information
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.”