Press Release: Supervisor Gromack Calls on Utility Companies to Work Together to Move Services and Remove Old Poles
Supervisor Gromack Calls on Utility Companies to Work
Supervisor Gromack Calls on Utility
Companies to Work
Together to Move Services and Remove Old
Supervisor Alex Gromack is
calling on the three utility companies in Clarkstown to work together to move
their services and remove old utility poles.In an effort to protect the safety of our residents and to beautify
Clarkstown, town officials have surveyed all of the double utility poles
throughout the town and found an alarming number.Today, Supervisor Gromack announced the
results of the survey, ‘Operation Double
Utility Pole’, in which we found 512
double utility poles.
The three utility companies
serving Clarkstown have an agreement that when Orange and Rockland Utilities
installs a new pole, they must move their service from the old pole to the new
pole and cut the top of the old pole off.Cablevision is then required to move their service from the old pole to
the new pole followed by Verizon.Verizon is then responsible for removing the old pole.
Supervisor Gromack initiated
‘Operation Double Pole’ as a safety measure because in some instances a site
visibility issue exists and others block the sidewalks making it hard for
pedestrians, specifically handicapped residents to access the sidewalk.There are also a number of poles that are
damaged and being held up by rope posing a serious safety hazard.
Supervisor Gromack is calling on
Orange and Rockland, Verizon and Cablevision to work together and develop a
better protocol, to submit to the town, for relocation of services and removal
of old poles.
“We have had preliminary
discussions with Verizon and they are willing to collaborate with the town to
remove the old poles,” said Gromack.
The New York State Public Service
Commission has also recognized that better coordination is needed between
utility companies by recently initiating a proceeding to evaluate and develop a
standardized facility equipment transfer program (SAFE-T).The town’s list of double pole locations will
also be provided to the PSC.