The Duncan Banner

Local News

November 7, 2013

City Council discusses electric needs, improvements

DUNCAN — Members of the Duncan City Council remember 2010’s ice storm well.

In that storm, Duncan Power customers (along with much of Stephens County’s residents) lost electricity for days. Ice on power lines caused power lines and poles to fail throughout the community.

On Tuesday, the city council held a special meeting with Jim McAvoy, chief engineer for the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), and Duncan Power Director David Yeager to discuss possible upcoming electric upgrades to repair remaining damage from the ice storm and to help prevent a similar situation in the future.

“Our system is old, but it’s well maintained,” City Manager Jim Frieda said. “At some point, we’ll have to take it into account.”

For OMPA’s portion of the meeting, McAvoy talked about things being done outside of Duncan Power to ensure better electric service. Among those items was the construction of a new substation near Cornville, which begins a long series electric lines, leading through Rush Springs down to Duncan.

This substation should be constructed by 2017, and the Power Service of Oklahoma (PSO), who will be building the new substation, already has funding to make this new substation a reality.

McAvoy said there are also discussions to sectionalize the power grids between Cornville and Rush Springs to reduce the number of customers impacted by a downed power line. He said sectionalizing would be determined by the load of a power line and the number of outages on the line.

“It could be an improvement in reliability,” McAvoy said. “Sectionalizing switches are just discussions right now. They don’t have the funding right now. The one at Cornville will happen. They have the funding for that.”

Yeager said the Cornville substation would provide some improvements to the Duncan area, although there are still problems within the city that need to be addressed.

“Improvements are coming through the new Cornville substation, whether we spend any more on the line,” Yeager said. “Things will get better.”

Among the electric concerns within the City of Duncan were leaning and damaged power poles.

“It makes them susceptible to galloping,” Yeager said. “It could make the poles fail.”

Frieda said some of the projects needing to be done in the city will be costly, but they’re projects he feels will move Duncan in a more positive direction, a direction with more reliability in its electric service.

Mayor Gene Brown said it might be better to spend money while the problems aren’t hindering day-to-day operations, instead of reacting to crippling issues.

“We know things are tight,” Brown said. “But we’ve got to spend some money to keep our system working.”

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 7-24 Rotary Mike Nelson 0087.jpg Nelson discusses Duncan’s water supply during Rotary meeting

    Duncan Vice Mayor Mike Nelson doesn’t think Duncan residents need to worry about the city’s water supply.
    Despite Stage 3 water rationing, which limits outdoor watering to midnight to 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, Nelson said the forethought of Duncan’s forefathers, who were also Duncan Rotary members, have created a backup system for the city.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-24 Douglass Pool Update 0081.jpg What’s dug up at cemetery goes down at spray pad project

       Dana Stanley knew just where to go to get fill dirt for the Douglass Park spray pad project -- the local cemetery.
       The city is building a splash pad on top of what used to be Douglass Pool, but  before that happens  a fairly large hole has to be filled.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Traffic stop leads to drug arrest for Duncan man

    Bail was set at $250,000 Wednesday for a Duncan man who was allegedly found to have two bags of methamphetamine and two bags of marijuana in his home.
    Duncan Police Officer Suzannahe Weir said she stopped Steven Fontinott, 62,  for a traffic violation on Saturday.

    July 24, 2014

  • Man drives drunk, rolls truck in the process

    A felony warrant was issued for a Marlow man who was allegedly found to have been driving drunkenly following a rollover accident on Nabor Road.
    Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Darin Carman said William Waller, 33, was pinned under the steering wheel of his truck and smelled of alcohol.

    July 24, 2014

  • Hard year for peaches doesn't dampen summer tradition

    A rusting, silver-colored water tower tells visitors to this rural town between Muskogee and Tulsa that they've come to the “Peach Capitol of Oklahoma.”
    Residents of Stratford, the state’s other self-proclaimed peach capital, might beg to differ. Even so, Porter is known for its peaches, and every year thousands of people flood this town of about 600 residents to taste and celebrate the local crop during the three-day Peach Festival.

    July 24, 2014

  • Gun and drugs found in man’s car as he flees

    Bond was set at $10,000 Wednesday for a Duncan man who allegedly left a pistol, four bags of methamphetamine, a bag of marijuana and paraphernalia in a car after running away from the vehicle.
    Duncan Police Officer Anna Van Dyck said Jahmar Sullivan, 31, opened the passenger door of the car he was riding in and fled while she was conducting a traffic stop on July 6.

    July 24, 2014

  • 7-24 WaterColor.jpg Artistic expression colors her world

    Sixteen-year-old Darien Vassella is a painting prodigy.
    The Duncan native took part in a two-day watercolor class at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center to further hone her talents.
    Vassella said her family realized she could paint when she took her first art class at 13. Since then, the young artist has sold three paintings.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Nighttime run to benefit fight against exploitation

    Duncan’s second annual She Is Safe Run to the Dark 5K will be held at 9 p.m. on Friday.
    The run will be begin and end at Duncan Regional Hospital.
    She Is Safe is a non-profit organization committed to globally  preventing, rescuing and restoring women and girls from abuse and exploitation.

    July 24, 2014

  • That's kind of hot!

    Unexpected isolated thunder storms moved through Stephens County on Wednesday evening with areas receiving less than one-tenth of an inch of precipitation.

    July 23, 2014

  • City Council Water rationing specter suddenly produces a crowd

    The Duncan Council met again on Tuesday, as it does twice a month, but there was something different about the latest gathering -- there were more than a handful of people in the audience.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo