64°F
weather icon Clear

Work together to preserve views of lake

Three and a half million dollars is a lot of money. It’s more money than most of us will ever accumulate in our lifetime. But that is approximately how much more money it will cost to bury a portion of power lines between substation 3 and substation 6, according to an alternatives study on the 69kV power line funded by the city. This would nearly triple the cost of the proposed over-ground option.

No doubt, the thought of spending $3.4 million extra of taxpayers’ money is a difficult proposition and should give every honest or worthwhile politician pause. That is roughly $530 from every household in our city. If you can spend that amount of money without a second thought, please don’t run for city council, but you are welcome to come to my upcoming birthday party.

If it is too much money, then the answer should be easy: Just put them above ground and deal with a little altered view.

But this view is not just any view. The view as you crest over the hill heading from downtown Boulder City to lakeside has to be one of the greatest views in the U.S., if not the world. And the power lines would be directly in this view shed. The value of preserving this view is difficult to quantify.

The mayor recently wrote about the value and grandness of some of our city views in an opinion piece, and I couldn’t agree more. Boulder City has views that are worth preserving.

So, what are we to do?

Option A, which is to build above-ground power lines from substation 3 to substation 6, blocking one of our best views, does not seem like a worthwhile option.

Option B, to spend $3.4 million more of the people’s money to bury much of the line, is also a poor option.

Clearly the best option is option C. What is option C? I don’t know. At least not at this point. But I am a firm believer that a better option is out there. I further believe that, if we, as citizens, work with our city officials and city employees, rather than accuse and assume they are against us, we will find it.

I have read the petition that is being circulated about this issue. I’ll even admit, I signed it. Shortly after signing it, I wondered if I had not been hasty. Maybe this decision wasn’t as far along as the petition made it sound? The petition did not clarify if it was to bury the entire line or only a portion. And the $3.5 million extra was only to bury a portion. Would a petition push officials to bury the whole thing?

Would I be for that if the cost were $5 million more? $10 million? $20 million? Maybe the petition pushes too hard for an option to bury the line and didn’t give option C, whatever it may be, enough of a chance?

I decided to call a city official. The first one I tried was Councilman Cam Walker. He answered my call and was very willing to discuss the issue. Sure enough, he is working hard with city employees, citizens and other groups on several option C’s.

If I am wrong and option A or B is the only path forward, I would be the first to offer up my $530 to bury a portion and save the view for myself and my children. But, before we go that far, let’s flesh out the many option C’s that may come forth. And to all those who are working hard to find option C, like Councilman Walker, other city officials and city employees, thank you. I believe you will be successful.

Nathaniel Kaey Gee resides in Boulder City with his wife and six kids. He is a civil engineer by day and enjoys writing You can follow his work on his blog www.thegeebrothers.com.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Vaccine much more than medical tool

By definition, a vaccine is “a preparation that is used to stimulate the body’s immune response against diseases,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Community residents must fight COVID with united front

This is the season of Thanksgiving and my hope is that everyone had a good day and a good meal. That has not always been easy during this year of the pandemic. Many of us have had losses or illness that made the year so difficult. We are indeed living in a time that has impacted all of us in ways large and small.

Give thanks for holidays

Happy Thanksgiving.

Fight to protect freedoms

I appreciated the recent commentary by Daniel Benyshek regarding vaccine and mask mandates. He points out the “dutiful responsibility” that freedom-loving Americans should embrace, and I agree wholeheartedly.

Annexation is not development

I wanted to take this opportunity to share more information with our Boulder City neighbors about the city of Henderson’s proposed annexation of portions of Eldorado Valley, located along the southeast boundary of Henderson and south of Railroad Pass.

Life is like box of chocolates

In the movie “Forrest Gump,” the titular character says, “My mama always said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’”

We must balance freedom, civic responsibility

Despite the overwhelming consensus of the American professional medical community (including the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Nurses Association, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health) that advocate for COVID-19 vaccination and basic disease prevention behaviors such as mask wearing in public in order to lessen the savage toll of the coronavirus pandemic, some Americans remain skeptical of the necessity, safety and efficacy of these public health measures. Indeed, it is likely that no amount of expert medical advice or corroborative scientific data will convince these skeptics and conspiracy theorists otherwise.

Let’s get educated

Following events in Boulder City can sometimes feel like riding the wave machine at a water park. Lots of highs and lows. Some of us are just along for the ride. Some are determined to get to the front, pushing and shoving as we go. Then, some of us like standing on the edge and blowing a whistle.

It’s an honor to serve

Today is Veterans Day. It’s a day we set aside to recognize and thank those who served our country in any branch of the military.

Action needed to halt Henderson’s sprawl

Mayor (Kiernan) McManus’ Sept. 1 column touted his future plans to conserve wastewater. At the tail end, he offhandedly mentioned Henderson’s intent to annex county land below Railroad Pass to promote its own expansive growth plans. You and I might have missed those three sentences if we weren’t paying close attention. But somehow Henderson’s mayor, Debra March, was well aware.