As Columbia continues to grow, one part of the city is falling behind when it comes to getting power. The southern section of the city is getting electric transmission lines and a new substation on Peach Tree Drive.The federal government is requiring the move because of power demands in the area. Columbia officials are asking for residents’ opinions at a meeting Tuesday night on where the transmission lines will go. The meeting is designed to explain the three options the city is offering on where the transmission lines will be installed, with each having the ability to be installed underground as well.In Option A, the transmission lines will run along Nifong and Scott Boulevards. Columbia Water & Light spokesperson Connie Kacprowicz says this option would last the longest with a 20-year or more duration. If built above ground, it will be $13 million and cost residents $1.18 per month. If built below ground, it will be $91 million and cost residents $8.26 per month.Columbia City Council backs Option B, because the lines would run along the southwestern city limits instead of through the city. The project would cost $10 million above ground and add 91 cents to the monthly bill of residents. If built below ground, it would be $75 million and cost residents $6.82 per month.The final choice, Option B-2, would have transmission lines run on Perche to McBaine, which would affect residents living in those areas. The project would cost $12 million to build and cost residents $1.10 per month. If built above ground, it will cost $97 million. Residents would have to pay $8.77 per month.Water & Light officials will collect feedback through December 31st on which route the public prefers. That information will then be sent to the Columbia City Council. The council will have a public hearing and make the final decision.Residents can submit a feedback form through Water & Light’s online feedback form.
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