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CPW keeping pace with Inland Port's accelerated schedule

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Monday, April 22, 2013

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The hill that the utility pole is placed is 20-feet tall. It illustrates how much excavation has been done. The power lines continue to provide electricity to Nordic Cold Storage.

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The hill that the utility pole is placed is 20-feet tall. It illustrates how much excavation has been done. The power lines continue to provide electricity to Nordic Cold Storage.



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CPW has removed power lines that serviced homes on Moore Street that have been designated for demolition. This is one of the sites that is being cleared to make way for an extension for Norfolk Southern rail tracks that will serve the inland port.

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CPW has removed power lines that serviced homes on Moore Street that have been designated for demolition. This is one of the sites that is being cleared to make way for an extension for Norfolk Southern rail tracks that will serve the inland port.



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CPW will install a gas line at the intersection of Rhett Street and Moore Street. The line will go under the tracks in the foreground.

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CPW will install a gas line at the intersection of Rhett Street and Moore Street. The line will go under the tracks in the foreground.



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Greer CPW was selected the April Business Yard of the Month by the Greer Council Garden Club.

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Greer CPW was selected the April Business Yard of the Month by the Greer Council Garden Club.



The South Carolina Inland Port in Greer is on a fast track and Greer Commission of Public Works is doing better than keeping pace, Randy Olson reported today at the utility's monthly meeting.

“There’s a little bit of everything going on,” at the inland port, said Olson, CPW City Operations Manager.

All power lines have been removed at the homes on Moore Street scheduled for demolition, Olson reported. Gas and water have been turned off. April 30 is the end date for former occupants to salvage construction materials. Most of the homes have “out” marked in driveways indicating all occupants have left. Buildings with an “X” are ready for demolition.

Once the demolition is completed Olson said CPW will relocate new utilities. All electric lines are scheduled for underground, Olson said.

“There is a lot of excavation going on out there with the utility poles atop 20-foot mounds remaining,” Olson said. “Nordic (Cold Storage) is still receiving power.”

Nordic filed a civil suit in Common Pleas Court at the Spartanburg County Court House last week to block condemnation proceedings related to development of the inland port.

CenterPoint, the developer and construction manager at the inland port, set April 15 as the date power was to be removed from Nordic. “But that date has come and gone,” said Olson.

The BMW Warehouse, a $13.4 million, 414,000 square-foot structure, is the first building scheduled to be serviced with electricity and natural gas from CPW.  Olson said CPW is on schedule to provide service to the warehouse beginning June 1.

A temporary cement mixing site will be constructed to service the port facilities and buildings scheduled to be constructed.

Norfolk Southern is doing infrastructure work near the intersection of Hwy. 290 and Hwy. 80.

There were other reports at the commission meeting.

• CPW received an excellent audit from Alan Robinson of Cherry Bekaert CPA. “There were no surprises, it was a clean audit. There were no auditor adjustments.” Robinson said.

• Dollar General, on Gap Creek Road, turned out to be a big electric project for CPW, Olson said.

• Eric Bugge, in a drawing, won $100 for paying his CPW account by eBill.

• Commissioners and CPW officials went into executive session. No decisions were announced.

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