Lodi Elec­tric Util­ity to pro­pose up­dates

Lodi News-Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By Oula Miq­bel NEWS-SEN­TINEL STAFF WRITER

The Lodi Elec­tric Util­ity de­part­ment will pro­pose up­dates to ser­vice dur­ing to­day’s Lodi City Coun­cil shirt­sleeve meet­ing at Carnegie Fo­rum.

Ac­cord­ing to a city staff re­port, LEU of­fi­cials pre­sented the city coun­cil with pro­posed changes to its rules and reg­u­la­tions last Novem­ber re­lat­ing to the cus­tomer point of in­ter­con­nec­tion within the down­town dis­trict. The dis­trict is de­fined as the area bound by Lo­cust Street, Sacra­mento Street, Lodi Av­enue and Church Street.

The LEU ad­dressed the city coun­cil about pro­posed up­dates to ag­ing in­fra­struc­ture af­fect­ing panel boxes and me­ters for down­town prop­er­ties. Build­ings need­ing new in­ter­con­nec­tion and pan­el­ing are lo­cated on both sides of Pine Street and bounded by Church Street.

The con­ver­sion from panel boxes to me­ters is ex­pected to cost $3 mil­lion, which was ac­counted for in the 2.5% util­ity rate in­crease that went into ef­fect in April.

“The in­ter­con­nec­tion changes will af­fect 73 prop­er­ties and con­vert 249 me­ters, along 10 blocks of down­town,” ac­cord­ing to the staff re­port.

The LEU staff has led outreach meet­ings for the struc­tural up­dates since June of last year, as part of an on­go­ing ef­fort to garner pub­lic in­put.

The up­dates are ex­pected to be car­ried out in phases which is meant to be com­pleted by 2038.

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