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Electrical undergrounding continues


Brandon L. Summers

A power pole outside of Cheyenne County Courthouse struck by lightning Friday was repaired Tuesday by Sidney Electric Department staff members Derek Lloyd and Mike Westman.

Sidney Electric Department's undergrounding efforts continue.

The process of placing power cables underground is being done through both contracted and city services.

"We used to contract for it when we'd do the underground and service lines, and then go to the individual houses," Ed Sadler, city manager, said. "We now have our own electrician that does it for us, so we can do it all year round for the most part."

The effort protects the lines from natural forces as varied as weather and squirrels.

"You don't have as much wear and tear," Sadler said. "Believe it or not, the sun is one of the biggest factors in deteriorating the coating on it. The older the line gets, and the more deteriorated its coating, the more line loss you have."

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