Utility poles at outlet mall site installed without permit

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They had to be moved 15 feet days later

By Cameron Koch

A communication mishap between Shelby Energy and the state Transportation Cabinet may be costing Horizon Group Properties a little extra cash.

Shelby Energy erected three or four poles on Wednesday, June 19, along Buck Creek Road in Simpsonville to provide power to the incoming Outlet Shoppes of Louisville but did so without a permit, a state official said.

The work was being done while Buck Creek is being widened both north and south of Interstate 64. Horizon is constructing the 374,000-square-foot facility.

Transportation Cabinet spokesperson Andrea Clifford said a representative of the cabinet informed Shelby Energy’s contractors on Monday, June 24 that the poles and associated power lines that had been installed a few days earlier were done so without a permit and needed to be moved approximately 15 feet. They had been erected where a drainage ditch is planned to be constructed.

It is unclear who ultimately was responsible for the decision to install the poles without a permit from the state.

Shelby Energy spokesperson Candi Waford was unable to say how much the reinstallation of the poles and the rerouting of the lines would cost, but she did say Horizon would be paying the bill for the error.

Officials of Horizon did not respond immediately to telephone messages seeking comment.

“There wasn’t power, wasn’t any electricity running through them yet, so it wasn’t a big deal to move them,” Waford said. “They [contractors] didn’t even take the wires off the pole. They just dug another hole and moved them.”

Clifford and Waford offered different numbers for the poles that were moved. Clifford said there were three, and Waford said four.

The mall, which is to have 80 retail outlets, is scheduled to open in late summer 2014.