What is planned?
A power line will be extended from Joffrey Creek to the Eastern boundary of LLE. BC Hydro will not accept overhead lines within the subdivision. At the estates, power dips will be made to service boxes, which will feed underground lines. These buried cables will run up the roads to service boxes. These boxes will contain a transformer and feeds to the residences. At this time the entire service will be underground. This is to eliminate the danger from falling branches and trees, which could cause interruptions to service.
At each property there will be a meter pole that will feed a buried line to each house. As all electrical lines will be underground, the system should be free from maintenance. The line from the right of way to each residence will be the owner’s responsibility. There may be a possibility of sharing a meter pole and trench with your neighbour to reduce costs.
The cost of the extension of the power line from Joffrey Creek is estimated at $400,000. We are hoping that BC Hydro will recognize the value of so many new customers. That is why we are urging you to complete and return your application for service forms if you haven’t already done so.
How much will it cost?
The estimates for the service will be approximately $1,200,000. This does not include the cost of the extension from Joffrey Creek. This is the cost of servicing LLE properties only. Power to HJD will be their concern and cost. The cost would be approximately $7894 per lot based on 152 lots. If other lots are added to LLE the cost per lot would be reduced.
Water and hydro – the connection
The new water system will eventually require electric power to pump the purified water up to the tanks for distribution to the upper lots. This power will also eventually run the ultra-violet lights, which will disinfect the water. If hydro power is not available then diesel-powered generator will have to be used to pump this water. Because the power lines must be buried and the water lines also, it is planned to install both the new water mains and electrical lines at the same time and within the same trench. It is estimated that the combined savings could be up to $200,000. Electric pumps are cheaper to operate and quieter that a diesel unit which would be starting up whenever water levels dropped and pumping is required.
How would this be financed?
An electrical service area would be established with the Squamish Lillooet Regional District. They would borrow the money for installing the service at a reasonable interest rate. The costs of borrowing would be spread over a 20-year pay back period. This increase in taxes would be classified as an improvement and would be billed directly to each shareholder. The cost of having electricity would then be bearable. The increase in improvement taxes is estimated to be about $400 per year for 20 years.
Why is electricity a good idea?
Electricity is a cheap, convenient, and reliable form of energy. Solar systems are expensive to buy and limited in the amount of energy they can supply. In all cases a back up generator is required for cloudy weather. Replacement of propane appliances with electrical ones is preferable in some cases. Danger from explosion, fire, or carbon monoxide poisoning is reduced when electrical appliances replace propane devices. Year round water is dependent on a reliable source of power. Electricity enables alarm systems, outdoor lighting, and other safety features. Air conditioning, deep freezes, power tools, and more can be cheaply and conveniently operated with hydro power.
Will this affect land values?
No one can predict what the net effect will be on the price of land at Lillooet Lake Estates. Local realtors feel that year round water and electrical service will have a positive effect on property values but no one is willing guess what the final effect will be.