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Some downtown businesses will be without power Monday

A few downtown Wilmington businesses will be in the dark Monday. Repairs to the Water Street bulkhead are almost complete, but not without a third power outage for nearby businesses. Power will be shut off Monday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The planned outage is a safety precaution for crews while they install a transformer. While store owners said the timing is bad, a spokesperson for Progress Energy said the company is operating under the city's schedule. The city surveyed business owners before construction began. There is no plan to reimburse owners for the lost business.

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No reimbursement

No reimbursement? The city shouldn't be reimbursing the businesses, but the engineering firm Withers Ravenel should. As part of designing civil engineering plans the engineering firm should be held responsible for mistakes that happen. They should have done a better job surveying the area to determine the location if the power lines and then did a better job on the design of the plans. What is this the second or third time this has happened. If they don't reimburse the local businesses then the area should boycott all service offered by Withers Ravenel. Per the website they offer surveying, underground utility investigation and civil engineering design.