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May 22, 2013

Liberty Street poles spark double-pole discussion in Danvers


“Why is it they are allowed?” Selectman Diane Langlais asked, saying she wanted to see a report detailing them.

Danvers Electric Director of Engineering and Operations Hamid Jaffari said there is a process involved to relocate utility lines from an old pole to a new one, with electric lines moved first, then Verizon’s lines, then cable and fire alarm lines. He said he could get a report on the double poles to the town manager as soon as today, but he did not have it in front of him.

Danvers Electric and Verizon, which jointly own the poles, share software to coordinate the work, Jaffari said. Danvers Electric devotes one weekend a month to address the problem. However, he also stressed that the poles on Liberty Street need to be moved to make way for the state project.

The poles that need to be moved involve a new feeder line installed as recently as 2006, Jaffari said. It will have to be reinstalled once the culverts are replaced. Town Manager Wayne Marquis pointed out the reconstruction is a town-initiated request that has been contemplated for 10 years.

“We are on the verge of the project starting,” said Marquis, who said while the fall may seem far away, it’s not. He did not want to see any holdup in the project, which has the potential to disrupt traffic in town while Liberty Street is closed.

Gleason said the number of double poles is changing all the time.

“When you look at the inventory, you will see a myriad of poles in flux,” Gleason said. He said he often hears similar concerns in other communities, and he suggested the concerns be addressed to former Salem Mayor Stan Usovicz, regional director, external affairs for Verizon. Gleason said the board did not have to wait for him to appear with a pole relocation request to raise concerns about double poles.

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