Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Repairs complete

by Brad Lindberg

September 13, 2012

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — New power lines installed at a cost of $60,000 seem to have done the trick on Tonnancour Place.

DTE Energy crews replaced about 1,000 feet of worn overhead wire in the area, prone in recent years to power failures.

Shane Reeside, Grosse Pointe Farms city manager, said he spoke the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 10, with a woman living on the road.

“She indicated that with rains over the weekend, there were no issues,” Reeside said.

Power problems prompted Reeside to accompany Grosse Pointe Woods City Administrator Skip Fincham to Lansing on Friday, Sept. 7, for a meeting with members of the Michigan Public Service Commission.

The commission regulates DTE and other utilities.

“Commissioners met with representatives of DTE and are reviewing the frequency and duration of outages impacting our community,” Reeside said.

The Woods was beset this summer with outages.

“Particularly, a circuit that has 1,200 customers,” Reeside said.

In the Farms, the utility’s plans for next year include splitting a circuit in two, then again to four.

“It is believed that will reduce the total number of customers fed by each circuit and improve reliability,” Reeside said. “The approximate cost of that project is $1 million.”

Areas targeted include problem points on Ridge and Merriweather, he said.