Undergrounding electric utility lines
This is an issue in DC generally, in areas of the city that are outside of the original "L'enfant city," where there is a ban on overhead wires being placed along streets, and in the nearby counties, in response to frequent storm-related power outages.
He said the undergrounding costs over the years have totaled more than $12 million from Arizona Public Service Co. and $15 million from the town. ...
Residents in a designated district are assessed a fee that helps subsidize the costs, LeMarr said. In 2009, the property owners in District 6 paid $160,000 for the undergrounding.
LeMarr said residents favor the project, but the economic downturn slowed its progress.
"Some residents in this district have been waiting four years for this leg to be completed," he said. "We're committed to this project, and over the years, we've never wavered."
The town has an agreement with APS, which serves most of Paradise Valley, to bury the lines. In areas not served by APS, the town works with Salt River Project on individual removal and undergrounding projects.
The Paradise Valley process demonstates the need to have all parties--residents, the local government, and the local utilities--on board from the outset, otherwise it is impossible to achieve the goal, as any one uncommitted stakeholder can scuttle the attempt.