The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin on June 27, 1965 · Page 37
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June 27, 1965

The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin · Page 37

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RACINE SUNDAY lULLETIN Sunday, Jun* 27, 196S —Jouriial-Tlmcs Photo Transformers are still above ground in burled-line residential power supply systems. In the conventional overhead supply method, they are attached to utility poles. In a typical subdivision buried-Iine system, a transformer such as the one housed in black box at left in photo might serve about a dozen homes. The cylindrical object at right is called a pedestal. It connects the main power supply line to the lines serving individual homes. One pedestal can serve up to four or five homes. Cost Cuts Spur Installation of Underground Electric Service By Dave Pfankuchen Journal-Tillies Slajf Underground res idential power lines are gaining favor in the Racine area as increasingly more subdividers forego the conventional— and, to some, unsightly — overhead wires-and-poles method of electrical supply. Going underground still costs more than going overhead. But technological advances and a legal development in the last few years have lowered installation costs to a point where buried power has become practical even in areas of moderately priced homes. Racine Among Leaders Although no comparative figures are available, power company officials believe Racine County is among the leading areas of the state in underground residential electricity. Since early 1963, more than a dozen new Racine area subdivisions, comprising some 540 lots in all, have put in underground lines. Pefore that, the only sizable area residential development served underground was North Bay, where buried electric and telephone lines were installed more than 30 years ago at the then much higher prevailing cost. Said one Racine developer who is sold on the underground method: "We could put poles in more easily. But people don't like poles. We're burying the lines in all our new developments, except those where the pole-type system has already been established in adjoining areas." A spokesman for another developer whose new subdivisions have buried wires said it's a matter of "keeping abreast and ahead of the times. In 10 years all well- planned developments will have them. An underground system will help sustain property values." Explains Cut in Costs Harry Seline, assistant superintendent of engineering; for the Racine district of the Wisconsin Electric Power Co., said development of new cable insulation materials, njore durable in underground installation, has helped lower the cost. The new cable is simply laid in the ground and covered over. Previously, manholes and ducts were used to protect buried lines, a procedure about six times as expensive as putting up overhead wires. At present, cost of installing underground lines is slightly less than twice that of overhead; labor costs are about the same, materials used in underground placement about 50 per cent more expensive. Another big factor in bringing the price down is a change in the state electrical code which allows electric and telephone lines to be buried in the same trench. Before April 1964, the code required separate trenches. Range in Costs Seline said underground wiring in a subdivision -^osts range from $50 to about $145 a lot to bring the wires up to the lot line, with the average bout $80. It costs another $.50 to $150 to bring the wi:cs from the rear lot line to the house, depending on 'he distance. These expenses are passed on by the developer or builder to the home buyer. Installation costs in the conventional, overhead method are included in the electricity rates paid by users throughout an entire system. But since it costs more to go underground and because buried lines are still the exception, the utility feels it would be unfair to charge everyone higher rates. The many would be paying to benefit the few, Seline poi. ted out. Aside from the esthetic appeal that wires-out-of-sight have for the homeowner, underground systems may also prove to hold fewer storm - caused maintenance Business News problems for the electric company, since the lines aren't subject to interference from trees, or ice conditions. The company obtains easements over buried lines. But easements or no, .iicials anticipate problems posed by flower gardens and other backyard improve.nents. Any housewife would be less than happy if repair^nen had to dig up her petunia bed to get at the lines. Telephone Lines Buried Burial of residential telephone lines has been more common in the past than burial of electric lines, mainly because of the difference in cable types. Telephone cables carry far less voltage and thus have not hlad the insulation problems of electric cables. Norm Tobler, Racine district supervising engineer with the Wisconsin Telephone Co., said L .iat generally "wherever the power company goes down, we do too." The telephone company sometimes goes down where the power company doesn't. This is because of the higher cost of burying electricity, Tobler explained. "They (the electric company) still have additional charges associated with buried construction," he said, while the phone company doesn't. Robert Z i c r t e n, Racine sealer of weights and measures, was among the more than 800 weights and measures officials attending the 50th national conference on weights and measures in Washington, D.C., last week. Weight and measures officers are responsible for the testing for accuracy of commercially - used weighing and measuring devices. Glenn Petersen of Wauwatosa announced he has purchased the Midas Muffler Shop business at 3274 Durand Ave. from Sidney Feldman of Wilmette, III. Petersen said he resigned from a vice presidency with Seligmann & Co., Milwaukee investment brokers, to take over the muffler shop. He said he will actively operate the business and expects to move to Racine. Investors Mutual, Inc., has declared a quarterly dividend of 11 cents a share payable June 25 to shareholders of record at the close of business June 24. It compares with 10'/2 cents a share paid at the end of the last quarter and 10'/2 cents a share paid a year ago. U. S. 3D IN SILVER Most of the silver mined in the U. S. came from Idaho last year. The U. S. total, 36 million ounces, put America third in silver production, behind Moxico's 41 million ounces and Peru's 37 million. THE FEEL OF STEEL—Making full use of stainless steel from roof to road, this quarter-scale model is of the futuristic La Scala, designed by John M. Reinhart. It is on display in New York, This car of the futur« was designed to demonstrate the strength and functional beauty of steel. Auto Mechanics Course Hailed as Successful The U.S. Patent Office publishes 1,000 to 1,200 patents a week in its 93-year-old Official Gazette. A comprehensive, full-year f e d e r a I I y - funded Racine cour.se designed to turn unemployed men into job-holding auto mechanics has been such a success it will be repeated. A year ago, 20 jobless men began receiving instruction in a garage building at 407 Lake Ave. rented by the Racine Vocational, Technical and Adult School. Racine Students Hired Last Friday, 13 completed the course and prospects are excellent that all 13 will be hired, according to Elmer J. Kenitz, assistant manager of the Racine office of the Wisconsin State Employment Service (WSES). Three graduates from the Racine area — George Langenfeld Jr. of 1229 N. Green Bay Road, Kenneth R. Lueckfeld of Sturtevant and Calvin R. Young of 1914 Erie St. — have already been hired to work in Racine auto repair shops. Kenitz said Racine employ­ ers wanted to hire several of the other graduates as well, but most of the men preferred to return to their home communities, where local WSES offices are seeking jobs for them. The demand for trained auto mechanics continues strong in Wisconsin, Kenitz said, and another 20-trainee course, identical in content to the first, is scheduled to begin at the Lake Ave. building July 19. The Racine WSES office is screening applicants now. In order to qualify for federal financial assistance, applicants must be at least 18 and have a minimum of two years of work experience of some sort, but currently unemployed. The financial aid, provided under the Manpower Development and Training Act (MDTA), pays for instructional materials and tuition and trainees will receive training allowances of from $41 to $71 a week, based on number of dependents. Travel allowances will be paid men who commute from outside Racine, and $5 a day in subsistence if their homes are far enough from Racine that they have to live in the! city during training. Training allowances during the first course ranged up to $54 a week, but amendments to MDTA have increased the maximum, Kenitz said. Course Was a "First" The course was the first of its kind in Wisconsin, in that it was designed to train men from all over the state, rather than just the Racine area. Trainees were from Milwaukee, Eau Claire, Kenosha, Waukesha, Manitowoc and Green Bay, in addition to Racine. The upcoming course will also draw from other parts of the state. The training, provided by the Racine Vocational, Technical and Adult School, covers blueprint reading, mathematics, machine shop work, welding and automotive services. The instructor is Milton Vollenweider. 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