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PRESS RELEASE      
April 20, 2016
For Immediate Release
Patrick Moore
Associate Electric Engineer
Email: patrick.moore@hamilton-oh.gov
Phone: (513) 785-7259

Cody Turman
Associate Utilities Engineering Technician
Email: cody.turman@hamilton-oh.gov
Phone: (513) 785-7204

Rick Hawkins
Director of Utilities Engineering
Email: rick.hawkins@hamilton-oh.gov
Phone: (513) 785-7200
Hamilton Electric to Conduct Pole Survey and Assessment
Hamilton, Ohio -  Beginning Monday, April 18, 2016, the City of Hamilton Department of Utilities Engineering and its consultant, Alden Systems, will continue 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. 

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

Information collected through the survey will allow the City to prioritize pole replacements and to address issues identified during the survey.

The survey includes approximately 24,000 poles across the electric utility service area, and is expected to be complete by December 31, 2016. Service to City electric consumers will not be impacted by the pole survey.

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 Patrick Moore, Associate Electric Engineer, at 513-785-7259, or via email at patrick.moore@hamilton-oh.gov.

The City of Hamilton owns and operates all four primary utilities, including electric (generation, transmission and distribution), natural gas (distribution), water (treatment and distribution) and water reclamation (collection and treatment) systems. The City is one of the lowest cost utility service providers in the region and 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 www.hamilton-city.org.