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MAYOR BRODERICK ANNOUNCES THE DELIVERY OF NEW EQUIPMENT
Mayor Thomas Broderick, Jr. announced today that the City of Anderson Light and Power Department has begun the rollout of new equipment, which will replace aging equipment in the department. The Anderson Light and Power through the Board of Public Works has recently purchased a new line truck (Digger Derrick) and a new easement machine. Several other pieces of equipment are in order and in the process of being manufactured.
Mayor Broderick stated, “The purchase of these first two pieces of equipment is the start of the much-needed replacement of our aging Light and Power fleet.” According to Tony Pochard, Superintendent of Anderson Light and Power, explained, “The average age of our Light and Power equipment is 18-years and the large equipment should be replaced about every 10 years. This equipment will enable our workers to do their job more efficiently and safely.”
The new line truck is specialized equipment designed for electric utility work, including pole and heavy transformer installation. The boom of the truck is insulated to withstand 69,000 volts so it can be safely used near energized high voltage wires.
This truck has several features that give Light and Power new capabilities to better assist citizens. The truck can set poles up to 75 feet tall (15% bigger than the truck it is replacing), and transformers up to 14,000 lbs. (35% more than the old unit). The new truck is also 4-wheel drive, which gives the ability to get to locations that may otherwise be inaccessible due to soft ground or snow.
The new easement machine is a multi-purpose piece of equipment for working on electric utility poles and lines that cannot be reached by a line truck or bucket truck.
Mayor Broderick explained that the new equipment and their specification were determined through the joint efforts of the Board of Works, Superintendent Pochard and his staff; and members of IBEW. Broderick stated, “It was important that this new equipment meet the needs of our utility and our workers.” The new equipment that will be acquired through this upgrade will also include:
• Three line trucks replacing the 1998, 2001 and 2007 trucks.• A new transmission bucket truck replacing a 2001 truck.• A new tandem-axle truck 6x4 unit that can reach 90 feet.• A new 4x4 small bucket truck replacing a 2005 truck.• A new street light service truck.• A standard-size bucket truck replacing a 2000 truck.
Mayor Broderick stated, “Working with the utility and our controller we were able to acquire this much-needed property without an increase in rates or additional costs to our customers. By being fiscally prudent we are able to live within our budget while providing these much-needed assets.”