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Pole-ing place: ComEd wants to lease land in Rock Falls as part of power line project

August 6, 2018

ROCK FALLS – ComEd wants to lease about 4.5 acres of city land adjacent to and west of state Route 40 near Interstate 88 for 6 months to help with power pole replacement.

The City Council will vote on the request, which will bring in about $24,000, at Tuesday’s meeting.

The land is part of 30 acres the city bought from Wayne Schmitt in 2016 for $995,000.

“The work has nothing to do with planned water, sewer and electric utility work on the property,” Mayor Bill Wescott said.

ComEd will use the site for storage, parking, roadway access, and to receive and assemble materials for steel poles to replace 111 wooden poles carrying power lines to the Rock Falls substation on Avenue A.

ComEd spokesman David O’Dowd said the wooden poles are about 70 years old, and are 48 to 130 feet high.

Steel poles will be assembled at the leased property starting around September, with work continuing through the end of December.

The lease will run Wednesday through Jan. 19.

“Currently, there are no plans to replace Rock Falls’ substation,” O’Dowd said.

The council voted June 19 to issue bonds not to exceed $9.2 million to replace the Avenue A substation.

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