Electric Substation Failure Changes Work Schedule For Beatrice Electric Department

BEATRICE – The Beatrice Board of Public Works is looking at options following the rare failure of a major transformer at one of the city’s electric substations.

The equipment failure happened April 11th at city substation number six, across from the Southeast Community College Campus.  City Electric Superintendent Pat Feist says purchasing a new transformer could cost between $425,000 and $500,000.

That has officials looking at the feasibility of repairing the failed unit, at a lower cost…or installing a surplus transformer.  Feist says the department will also swap substation rebuilding projects, to take on the substation six rebuild this year, in place of another scheduled substation rebuilding.  Officials are also checking whether insurance may cover some of the cost.

Feist said a failure of such a major piece of equipment hasn’t happened before, in the years he’s been with the city.   He says the transformers are tested yearly, and the one at substation six was nearing replacement.  It was installed in 1966.

The city has ten electric substations with at least two large transformers at each site.

At a Beatrice Board of Public Works meeting Wednesday, City Engineer James Burroughs says the Bell Street paving project is nearly finished.  Also completed is an 18th Street water main project.  Water Department crews will next focus on a water main replacement along Sargent Street, where new concrete paving will be installed this summer, between Ashland and Ridgeview Drive.

The Beatrice City Street Department says a maintenance procedure known as armor-coating, will be getting underway on some city streets.

A Yankton, South Dakota company has been hired to do the work, tentatively set to begin May 30th and run through June 3rd.

Armor-coating is an asphalt material covered by aggregate, with the goal of extending the life of asphalt streets.

The work will be done on….

  • 8th Street….from Elk to Ella, and Doane to Brown
  • 12th Street….from Market to Ella
  • 13th Street…between Market and Court
  • Brown Street…from 7th to 8th
  • Ella Street….from 7th to Hayes
  • Market Street….from 7th to 10th

Parking along those streets will be prohibited between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., on the days the work is being done.

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