Originally Posted Online: June 02, 2010, 6:45 pm
Last Updated: June 02, 2010, 6:50 pm

Silvis gets ready for Mid-American to address code violations

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By Seth Kabala, seth@sethkabala.com

SILVIS -- Electrical code violators in Silvis will soon have to correct their actions or risk being put in the dark.

City administrator Jim Grafton told council members at Tuesday night's meeting that he attended a Mid-American Energy presentation Tuesday morning, where officials said that out of 7,900 total violations in Rock Island County, Silvis has 474. Mid-American is currently deciding how best to communicate the violations and required actions to the public, he said.

"They bring this to the city's attention only because the alderman, mayor (and) office will probably get calls because the residents will receive some notification from Mid American saying that their electrical connection is not in compliance," he said. "And they've got, depending on the severity of it, maybe 90 days to conform or up to two years to conform." Those who do not conform will risk the penalty: disconnection, he said.

"Some examples would be somebody builds a shed or a garage and a power line is less than three feet from the roof of that," Mr. Grafton said. "Or somebody puts in a swimming pool, and there happens to be a power line right above it."

Mr. Grafton said he does not know what specific violations have occurred in Silvis.

Mid American energy has two goals for this notification program: "One is to correct those code violations as they are today, and the second approach is to look at, from here on out, when a permit is issued that the electrical service is looked at a little bit closer," he said.

In other business:

-- City Clerk Jim Nelson reminded council members that unlike this week, when regular trash pick-up days were pushed back one day due to Memorial Day, trash pick-ups will occur on their normal days during the week of July 4.

-- Mr. Nelson also informed council that after six weeks of work to rebuild the city's website after an overseas virus wreaked havoc on the host's software, he expects it to be up and running this week.

Silvis is not alone. Mayor Bill Fox said that five other cities that use the same host have had the same problem.