A workshop to discuss the possibility of funding a feasibility study to pursue moving unsightly power lines underground at a projected cost of up to $6 million will be held prior to the Gold Beach City Council meeting Dec. 6, at 6 p.m.
Gold Beach Main Street, a group that’s made impressive strides to improve the livability, safety and aesthetics of the town, is asking the city to invest in a feasibility study to determine whether power lines along Highway 101 - on land owned by the state - can be buried. Just prior to the Nov. 1 city council meeting, the council members convened as the city’s Urban Renewal Agency to discuss the matter.
“The city doesn’t have a dog in this fight, so to speak,” stated staff reports submitted to the URA prior to the meeting.
Staff reports further stated that “while it is understood that a segment of locals are deeply committed to removal of the visual clutter of the utility poles on Highway 101, removal of the visual clutter comes at hideously expensive estimated cost - especially considering the depressed economic condition of Gold Beach, Curry County and the SW Coast region generally.” Elsewhere in Gold Beach, where property is not owned by an outside government entity, power lines have already been placed underground.
GBMS has partnered with the URA and Oregon Community Foundation before - most recently to bring several benches and improved landscaping to several public and private properties within the city.