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PG&E Electrical Connection project taking shape in Scotia.
As many Scotia Residents will remember, part of the Scotia Subdivision process entails transforming old PALCO private utility systems to public utilities, just like in any other modern community.
In the case of electrical power, the plan is to retire the old, odd-voltage private PALCO distribution system, which sends power throughout town directly from the Scotia Power Plant, to a modern PG&E-operated system.
The Power Plant owners and operators will then sell their biomass-produced electricity directly to a public utility through the California electrical grid, and PG&E will channel power to any and all end users in Scotia over a new distribution system. Town of Scotia is providing for this upgrade and conversion as part of the conditions of approval of the Scotia subdivision. The "Final Sketch" of the plans for this project is attached along with the PG&E Key to Plans, and may yet be modified in response to condition in the field.
Residents and commercial tenants can review the plans and determine what work may be undertaken in their neighborhoods and homes, etc. The work itself will be directed by PG&E, and so we do not yet have specifics regarding project sequence or timing. WE have asked PG&E to mobilize as soon as practical, but that may take weeks or months, depending on other projects in the pipeline.
In the meantime, Town of Scotia Company will be working to prepare essentially every home and business in Scotia to connect to the new PG&E distribution network when ready. Largely that will involve work on the outside of homes and commercial buildings, replacing service connections and meter-boxes, drop connection conduit and weather-heads, which rise above the roofs to accept service-drops from distribution poles. Due to the age and location of prior installed infrastructure throughout Scotia, there will be relatively little undergrounding of electrical lines in town. It may be necessary from time to time to do some of this work from within homes and businesses, and we will give advance notice and make arrangements with tenants for that work.
If you have questions bout this process or the plans, please contact Frank Bacik at the Town of Scotia Company offices.
September 20, 2012
"...this communication just received from the Mt. Tamalpais Interpretive Association in connection with their proposal to acquire the locomotive #9 now part of Scotia's Museum and historic steam-powered artifacts exhibit. This matter will be briefly discussed at tonight's CSD Board meeting, and in the coming weeks, the community, Town of Scotia Company and the CSD Board will discuss how to respond to the request and what to do with the locomotive...
The Mt. Tamalpais Interpretive Association (MTIA) would love to have the #9 Heisler back on Mt. Tamalpais, where it worked from 1921-1924 on "The Crookedest Railroad in the World".
We look forward to making a presentation to the people who live in Scotia at the Winema Theatre on October 17 and speaking with the Community Services District Board on October 18.
It is our hope that the Community Services District Board will make a decision to make the #9 available to us.
The #9 is in need of maintenance - it has suffered from exposure to the weather for many years.We have spoken with people at the CA State RR Museum, and they have given us cost estimates to move and restore the #9, i.e. $120,000-$160,000 to restore and about $30,000 to move the locomotive from Scotia to Sacramento and from Sacramento to Mt. Tamalpais. It is our hope that the #9 will sit at the East Peak of Mt. Tam, near the Gravity Car Barn Museum that opened in 2009. The locomotive would sit in an enclosed structure to protect it from the elements and vandals, but the structure would be open to the public when the Barn Museum is staffed with volunteer docents.The #9 has been on display in the Town since 1953, although the locomotive never worked at Pacific Lumber. It is the last surviving locomotive that operated on Mt. Tam. We understand that the #9 is a landmark in the Town, and people will miss seeing it there. What if we helped to create a different interpretive site? MTIA could acquire a Pacific Lumber flat car as part of an upgraded display at the Scotia Museum. Perhaps the lumber company in Scotia could supply three appropriate size 38-foot logs. This could tell the story of the logging that was done in the area for so many years. We look forward to hearing your ideas regarding this proposal.
Arlene Halligan, Special Project Director Fred Runner, Mt. Tam Railroad Historian
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