In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, some homeowners in Killearn Estates voiced frustration over power outages and offered solutions to what they see as a problem with the electrical system.
In a letter to the Killearn Homeowners Association (KHA), the homeowners noted that Killearn Estates lost power on Wednesday, October 10, and most homes had power back on the following Sunday. However, many homes on the “Paddrick Drive” circuit did not regain power until at least Tuesday, October 16.
In response to the letter, the KHA immediately contacted the head of the city’s electric utility, Rob McGarrah. Mr. McGarrah recommended a meeting to discuss the issue and the parties are currently working together to arrange a suitable time and place.
The problem leading to this lengthy power outage, according to the homeowners, is “an inadequate electrical engineering design by the city which serves approximately 300 homes in Killearn Estates.”
The solutions proposed by the homeowners include:
1. Burying the transmission facilities along the bridle path, eliminating the factor of tree limbs falling on the power lines.
2. Redesigning of the power grid that controls these 300 homes and removing of the bridle path facility “altogether”
3. Creating a “major tree and limb removal plan” in the area, a plan which the City of Tallahassee would fund.