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May 28, 2015
For Immediate Release

Kevin M. Maynard

Director of Electric


Phone: (513) 785-7200


Timothy E. Bigler

Director, Energy Management


Phone: (513) 785-7200

James Bokeno

Electrical Engineer


Phone: (513) 785-7223


Hamilton Electric to Conduct Pole Survey and Assessment

Hamilton, Ohio -  On Monday, June 1, 2015, the City of Hamilton, Department of Electric, and their consultant, Alden Systems, will begin a survey and condition assessment of the City's electric utility poles.  Alden Systems will assess the condition of each wooden pole, note items such as missing access plates and exposed wiring on non-wooden poles, and identify electrical safety issues.  Information collected through the survey will allow the City to prioritize pole replacements and to address any issues identified during the survey.


The survey will include approximately 24,000 poles across the electric utility service area, and is expected to be complete by December 31, 2015.  Service to City electric consumers will not be impacted by the pole survey.


Additionally, Alden Systems staff will collect Global Positioning System (GPS) location data on each pole, attach identification numbers, photograph each pole, and record all pole attachments for use in the Electric Department's Geographic Information System (GIS) and asset management system.


During the pole survey, Alden Systems representatives will work along streets and alleys and within the electric easements, including backyard electric easements. Survey vehicles will clearly display Alden Systems and City of Hamilton Contractor identification. Clothing worn by Alden Systems representatives will display the firm's name and "Utility Inspection Contractor." Alden Systems staff will also carry City of Hamilton Contractor cards for identification purposes.


Questions regarding the pole survey and assessment can be directed to Jim Bokeno, City Electrical Engineer, at 513-785-7223, or via email at


Alden Systems representatives will begin pole survey work in the following areas:

  • The area bounded approximately by Hamilton-Richmond Road, Jesse Drive and Serenity Lane to the west, Beissinger Road to the north, Gardner Road to the east and Old Oxford Road to the south.
  • The area bounded approximately by Ohio Bypass 4 to the east and Rowe Court to the north, Homeward Way to the south, and Port Union Road to the west.
  • The area bounded approximately by Hamilton-New London Road to the west, Timberman Road to the south, and Warvel Road to the east. The northern boundary is the north portion of Forest Run Wildlife Preserve.

Survey progress can be monitored on an interactive map, beginning June 1, 2015, by selecting the following link:


The City of Hamilton owns and operates all four of the primary utilities in the City, including electric (generation, transmission and distribution), natural gas (distribution), water (treatment and distribution) and water reclamation (collection and treatment) systems.  The City continues to be one of the lowest cost providers of all utility services in the Region and the State.

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About Hamilton, OhioLocated on the Great Miami River in the heart of the Cincinnati-Dayton metroplex, Hamilton is a historically-significant city with approximately 63,000 residents. Home to Miami University Hamilton and the County Seat of Butler County, Hamilton is the area center for government, finance and industry. Known for its unparalleled art, cultural & recreational activities, Hamilton is continually expanding its quality of life offerings. An award winning community, Hamilton was the recipient of the 2010 & 2015 Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting "Best Water in the World" award, the winner of the 2012 "Best of the Best" award by the Ohio Section of the American Water Works Association, the prestigious 2010 Public Gas System Achievement Award and four consecutive Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) Platinum level awards. Additionally, the Hamilton City School District was named The National School District of Character for 2012. For more information, please visit