Kcpl Outages ID: 34245
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Board of Aldermen,
The mayor and I met yesterday with representatives from KCP&L to discuss the recent frequency of electricity outages in Parkville. One outage this summer was due to a cable equipment failure at the Weatherby substation (near the street barn off Graden Rd.) that was caused by high load volumes due to heat. The other issues were almost exclusively related to tree damage. The main feeder cable that serves much of Parkville runs along Route 9. As you know, much of this area is under heavy tree cover. KCP&L does a full trim of all circuits on a four-year cycle, with a mid-cycle patrol in between to identify and address urgent issues. Emergency work is necessary at other times.
Our conversation focused primarily on Riss Lake since that area is served by grinder pumps and, therefore, sewer service is affected along with electricity during an outage. Northern Riss Lake is generally well served from a feeder cable off of Route 45. The southern portion of the neighborhood is served by a cable that comes from Route 9 through the Nature Sanctuary along the Park University property line and back up Klamm Rd. (Note - I'm working on getting a map to make this more clear). The portion that runs through the Nature Sanctuary and behind Park University is a key reason for the frequency and duration of failures. It is a heavily wooded area that is hard to access to make repairs when problems arise.
Several possible solutions were discussed:
· Extend a second feeder line underground along Riss Lake Dr. to create redundancy to south Riss Lake via Route 45
o Cons: expensive, disturbs yards/landscaping, would require a 6'x6' cable box every 500 ft (eyesore), underground lines are still impacted by equipment failures due to high volume
· Relocate the existing feeder line underground along Riss Lake dam
o Cons: expensive, eyesore cable boxes, structural impact on dam would have to be evaluated, may not be adequate space for feeder boxes and maintenance access
· Improve access to the existing line for maintenance
o Cons: possible negative impacts on Nature Sanctuary
· Publicly promote private tree maintenance and cooperation for access for KCP&L tree maintenance along lines, especially with key landholders like Park University
· Design/fund underground utilities in conjunction with implementation of the Route 9 Corridor Study segments
KCP&L agreed to conduct a public work session with the Board of Aldermen at 5:30 p.m. on September 20 before the regular meeting at 7 p.m. This is an opportunity for a more thorough briefing on the challenges and possible solutions.
In the meantime, the mayor and I committed to the following:
1. Work with KCP&L, Park University, and Parkville Nature Sanctuary leaders to evaluate extending a nature trail along the electrical line that could double as an improved access path for maintenance.
2. Connect KCP&L with Don Julian and the Riss Lake HOA to determine what is needed to analyze dam impacts with an underground line.
3. Work with leaders at Park University to ensure access for KCP&L to perform routine tree maintenance (apparently this has been an issue in the past).
We will put an abbreviated message out to the public today regarding our efforts and the upcoming work session. If you have questions in the meantime, please let me know.
Lauren Palmer, ICMA-CM
City of Parkville
8880 Clark Avenue
Parkville, MO 64152