Good line for electricity
A utility lineman works on a transformer along Washington Avenue on Jan. 17 as part of an upgrade of Eatonville’s electricity supply system. (Jim Bryant/The Dispatch)
Work has been completed on a federal-funded project that could help Eatonville avoid power outages.
Town officials said an underground electrical feeder line has been installed beside State Route 161 on the outskirts of town. Power for the municipal utility’s electricity customers would go through the new line if storms knocked out overhead wires that are a major link in the electrical system.
Magnum Power, based in La Center, was awarded the contract for the project last October by the Town Council. Magnum’s bid of $142,900 was the only one received for the project. An additional $175,000 in materials and equipment were paid for through a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant for installation of the feeder line.
Eatonvlle has about 1,100 electricity customers.
While the new line won’t make the power system foolproof, it does eliminate some scenarios for how electricity could be knocked out, according to officials
The FEMA grant is administered by the Washington Department of Military.