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Electric Department

The City of Centralia Electric Department distributes power to approximately 1900 customers in and around Centralia. Centralia's electric system is served by a 34.5kV transmission line owned and maintained by Ameren Missouri

 

Left to Right: Matt Fadler, Clayton Crump, Jeff Armontrout - Foreman, Scott Smith and Daniel Mathews.

that terminates at Burkhardt Substation located at 220 N. Jefferson. The City owns the substation transformer and switchgear at this site. The City added a second substation at 510 W. Wilson St. that was put into service in November 2010 which is also fed by Ameren Missouri. Both substation transformers are 10MVA units. The City distributes power through overhead and underground lines at a system voltage of 4160Y/2400 volts to the residential and commercial areas located in and around Centralia. The Electric Department is also responsible for maintaining approximately 1000 streetlights throughout Centralia.

 

The distribution system is maintained by a department consisting of four journeyman linemen and one apprentice lineman. These men are also responsible for constructing new lines to subdivisions and businesses as necessary. Jeff Armontrout is the Line Foreman for the department and has been working for the City since 1997. Daniel Mathews, Clayton Crump, Scott Smith and make up the rest of the crew. Mathews has been employed by the City Electric Dept. since 2003, Crump since 2013, Smith since 2016 and Fadler since 2016. All crew members receive their journeyman rating from an accredited apprentice program through the Missouri Public Utility Alliance. This program combines book work with on-the-job training to give them the skills and knowledge necessary to become a journeyman.

 

Armontrout working to restore power after the wind storm in 2016..

The Electric Department shop is located at 310 N. Columbia Street near the intersection of Switzler. The trucks and equipment used for maintenance and construction are stored at this location. The department currently has three line trucks, two pickups, a skid loader, mini-excavator and a trencher for installing and maintaining lines in the system. The department has an extensive inventory on hand for new projects, maintenance, and for repairs in the event of storm damage. Tree trimming is performed by the department with the help of contractors to keep proper clearance from the lines and to minimize storm damage. It is the mission of the Centralia Electric Department to provide electric service to the citizens of Centralia with high standards of reliability and safety at the lowest cost possible.

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