The major Nelson Hydro upgrade in Uphill is not being embraced by all residents in the neighourhood.

Nelson Hydro project raises concerns

An Uphill resident is disappointed to see Nelson Hydro installing new power poles in front of his home.

An Uphill resident is disappointed to see Nelson Hydro installing new power poles in front of his home, having received no advance notice that project was going to take place.

Tom Murray lives on Innes Street at Josephine Street where new 25 kilovolt distribution lines are going up to replace 5 kilovolt ones that are nearing end of life. Nelson Hydro is also moving transmission cables that are currently on poles across the street to the new poles.

“This is a major infrastructure project basically right in front of my yard,” Murray told city council during the public participation period at the November 19 meeting. “The lines will run over my garden and over my kids play, and cut through my unobstructed view.”

in an interview with the Star, Nelson Hydro general manager Alex Love was quick to point out the lines are actually over city property and road right of ways.

Love said there was a notice to residents about the hydro line replacements in the City Newsletter, which is printed in the Star. He said a few people who saw the notice called or dropped in to talk about the project.

But Murray would have liked a notice delivered to his door. He said public works sent him a personal notice when tree work was happening on his street.

“To me, this power line has more lasting impact than trimming a tree,” Murray said.

After the council meeting, Love contacted Murray by email to explain the nature of the project.

Love said Hydro doesn’t issue individual notices for this type of work.

“We certainly don’t consult residents every time we change a power pole because we do lots of these every year,” Love said, noting in the past Hydro has held public open houses to get feedback on their plans, but such events are often poorly attended.

He also pointed out that residents — particularly in parts of Uphill — who experienced a prolonged power outage this summer have been demanding more reliable power. Increasing the line voltage in that area helps address those concerns.

“This is part of our ongoing work to renew our power system and make it as efficient and reliable as possible,” Love said. “If people want power in their homes, then there needs to be power lines running through the city. If they’re not right in front of your house, then they’re in front of somebody else’s.”

Just Posted

RDCK moves ahead with Castlegar rec complex upgrade plan

Board approves grant application for $13 million from provincial, federal governments

Cottonwood Lake preservation group surpasses $50,000 fundraising goal

In 28 days, 393 donors have contributed to the fund

Last of southern Selkirk caribou relocated to Revelstoke area

One cow from the South Selkirk herd and two from the Purcells were moved this week

Scammers using Castlegar home for rental fraud

Local realtors say the problem is happening more frequently with their properties

West Kootenay radio club says local network in need of upgrades

Club president Lane Wilson estimated $100,000 of work required

B.C. opioid crisis to get same world-renowned treatment approach as HIV/AIDS

A program that focuses on treatment as prevention will roll out Jan. 17

Olympian snowboarder Max Parrot diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Each year in Canada, approximately 900 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

‘Prince of Pot’ Marc Emery accused of sexual assault, harassment

Emery denied the allegations, but a Toronto woman says she is not the only one speaking out

Vancouver Island photographer makes National Geographic’s 2018 elite

Rare double honour for Marston from the 36 best Your Shots out of nearly 19,000 photos

Ex-Liberal candidate in Burnaby, B.C., says volunteer wrote controversial post

Karen Wang dropped out following online post singling out NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s ethnicity

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

The team counted 29 craters that were no older than 290 million years

Canada’s arrest of Huawei exec an act of ‘backstabbing,’ Chinese ambassador says

China has called Canada’s arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou ‘politically motivated’

In limbo: Leftover embryos challenge clinics, couples

Some are outright abandoned by people who quit paying storage fees and other couples struggle with tough decisions

BREAKING: Jury finds man accused of killing B.C. girl, 12, guilty

Twelve-year-old Monica Jack disappeared in May 1978 while riding her bike along a highway in Merritt, B.C.

Most Read