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New Castle, Utilities Seek Solution To Reduce Multiple Poles

New Castle wants to do something about its 304 double utility poles
New Castle wants to do something about its 304 double utility poles Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

NEW CASTLE, N.Y. -- There are 304 multiple utility poles in New Castle and the town is looking to do something about it.

The town board has been working with Con Edison, Verizon and Altice to develop a plan to pare down the number of multiple utility poles. Councilman Adam Brodsky said it is an aesthetic issue and a safety concern, causing poor visibility on sidewalks and roadways.

The utility companies will be meeting with the town after Labor Day to present their proposal. The town used two interns in the Department of Public Works to do an inventory of all the poles. Councilman Adam Brodsky said he was surprised when he learned how many there were.

"It was staggering," Brodsky said.

The town has also considered legislation that would've levied a $500 a day fine on the utility companies until the issue was fixed.

"Residents have expressed concern," Brodsky said. "It's a blight on the community. It's bad enough the wires are strung and not buried. Having multiple poles exacerbates the problem."

Brodsky said the town has an amicable relationship with the companies and looks forward to working with them.

"We're their customers," Brodsky said. "We expect them to provide top shelf service to the community."

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