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Paradise Town Council ask major utilities to be placed underground

Paradise is asking Comcast and AT&T to join PG&E in installing underground utilities.

Posted: Aug 13, 2019 10:09 PM
Updated: Aug 13, 2019 10:45 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - At Tuesday's Paradise Town Council Meeting, it was made clear the town wants all major utilities to be placed underground.

Paradise is asking Comcast and AT&T to join PG&E in installing underground utilities.

In May, PG&E said it would install underground power lines and did so throughout several streets and on the Skyway.

The town has reached out to AT&T and Comcast but neither have agreed yet to underground utilities.

"If it's not done at the same time, then your streets - your roads - will be torn up at all different times," said Mike Greer, one Camp Fire survivor. "They're going to have to work together, otherwise the infrastructure will not be there."

"With the trees and the lines breaking down and causing fire like it did here, I don't see how that could happen if they're underground lines," said another survivor, Butch Frederickson. "So, yeah, I think it would be very advantageous."

The council passed a resolution of intent at the August 13 meeting, serving as a firm stance, but it doesn't force the utilities to go underground.

Paradise can force the utilities to go underground through a formal ordinance with the risk being that utilities could pull out and decide not to do business in the town.

PG&E said it will take them five years to finish installing the underground powerlines.

Also at the meeting, the council voted to designate November 8 as Camp Fire Memorial Day, as well as unanimously approved a budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year.

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