City of Sparta board approves new utility pole attachment regulations

by | November 9, 2017 7:53 am

During the Nov. 2 City of Sparta board meeting, the members voted to approve new regulations submitted by the Tennessee Valley Authority for utility pole attachments.

The City of Sparta purchases all of its electricity from the Tennessee Valley Authority to be redistributed to Sparta electric customers. Under the contract with the Tennessee Valley Authority, the TVA provides the rules and regulations for attachments that are made by cable and telecommunication companies onto the city’s utility poles.

Currently within the City of Sparta, other utility service providers that utilize the city’s utility poles to distribute their services include Ben Lomand Connect, Frontier Communication, Ben Lomand Telecommunication, and Charter Communications. Under the existing attachment regulations, these cable and telecommunication companies pay for each attachment they have on each pole.

Under the newly revised TVA mandated pole attachment rate plan, cable and telecommunication providers will now be charged per foot of space used on the utility pole. TVA is now evaluating each utility district’s exact fee that will be charged.

After discussions by the city board, the amended pole attachment regulation was approved, with the only “no” vote being cast by Alderman Jerry Lowery.

Another item that was discussed by the board was the removal of old poles.

According to City Administrator Chris Dorsey, the Sparta Electric System has recently removed eight old utility poles. The city has had difficulty removing old utility poles because of other utility providers not removing their line attachments from the old poles and relocating them onto the new utility pole.

The city has been looking at ways to receive better cooperation from the various cable and telecommunication companies to relocate their services from poles that have been replaced.

The board also:

-Approved a parade permit for the Aaron Shafer Memorial Foundation Bike Race

-Approved property tax assessment changes

-Heard the final reading of rezoning a property located on the corner of Grissom Street and North Spring Street

-Approved the city recorder’s financial reports

-Authorized the purchase of a Tiger 18-foot boom mower pre-assembly kit for $15,244.80

– Heard reports from city department heads

– Authorized solicitation of bids for a substation circuit breaker

Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen will hold its next meeting at 5 p.m., Nov.16, at Sparta City Hall.

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