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Posted on: August 16, 2017

[ARCHIVED] City Council fast tracks substation equipment

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City Council voted Tuesday night to add $5.9 million to bonds that will be issued this year for utility projects. This step will accelerate the replacement of aging equipment at the Riverside electric substation.

The Riverside substation, located on Riverside Drive across from Arnett Boulevard, is one of 17 substations the City uses to distribute power to 42,000 customer locations in a 500-square-mile service territory covering Danville, the southern third of Pittsylvania County, and small portions of Henry and Halifax counties.

Approximately 15 of the City’s 25 substation transformers are 30 years of age or older. The Utilities Department has developed a plan to replace outdated transformers at its substations. Staff anticipates working on substation projects for the next five to 10 years, mainly due to the time required to engineer/design and procure the equipment needed. Transformers must be custom built and once ordered take 40 to 60 weeks to arrive.

The Riverside substation was scheduled for a transformer replacement in the fall of 2019 or spring of 2020. The substation houses two distribution transformers. One of the transformers failed in the fall of 2016. The failed transformer was replaced on a temporary basis with a mobile unit, which is prone to lock out. Last month, the mobile transformer was replaced by a rental transformer that is less prone to lockouts.

By agreeing to add $5.9 million to bonds issued this year, the City will accelerate the ordering of a new transformer and related equipment for the Riverside substation and allow it to be in place by the fall of 2018.

The Danville Utility Commission recommended approval of the request.

In other matters last night, City Council voted to:

  • purchase property at 816 Monument St. for use as a warehouse by Danville Utilities.
  • approve financing agreements relating to the Schoolfield hydroelectric generation facility.
  • appoint Dr. Melinda Robinett as a member of the Danville Community & Policy Management Team. She will represent Danville Public Schools.
  • amend the budget to provide for receipt and appropriation of $940,000 in state funds to resurface portions of Central Boulevard and Riverside Drive.
  • amend the budget to provide for the receipt and appropriation of an additional $250,000 in state funds to complete the widening project for the westbound lane of South Boston Road.
  • amend the budget to provide for the receipt and appropriation of nearly $1.2 million in federal funds for neighborhood revitalization and assistance to non-profit organizations that carry out programs that benefit low- to moderate-income households.
  • amend the budget to provide for the receipt and appropriation of a $4,500 grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts to assist local arts organizations.

In addition to these votes, City Council held a first reading on acceptance of a $200,000 grant from the Virginia Housing Development Authority to conduct structural investigation and stabilization on two remaining properties at the Five Forks commercial corner within the Old West End Historic District. The grant requires a $100,000 match, which will come from local funds set aside for blight eradication.

A first reading is an introductory step required by City Code before certain matters can be voted upon by City Council. This step serves to provide public notice of pending action. Council could not vote tonight. The earliest vote that can take place will be the Sept. 5 City Council meeting.

Council's meeting included a business session followed by a work session. In work sessions, Council reviews non-routine matters that may be voted upon in future business meetings.

During last night’s work session, City Council reviewed a presentation on zero based budgeting and scheduled votes on the following items for its next business session, which will be held on Sept. 5:

  • a moral obligation for a loan from American National Bank & Trust to the Industrial Development Authority for the Kyocera SGS Tech Hub.
  • relocation of the central absentee precinct to the new location of the Danville Registrar’s office at 530 Main Street.

River City TV airs live all Council business sessions. The first rebroadcast will be at 8 p.m. Thursday. Watch it on cable (Comcast channel 10 and Gamewood channel 122). The taped broadcast is available now on River City TV’s Facebook page

River City TV does not air work sessions, but they are open to the public.

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