Almost exactly a year ago, we reported on a dangerous utility pole out in Benning Hills on the south side. In the interest of fairness and equality, this October we will look at one in Windsor Park.
We're all about equal opportunity here at Inquirer world headquarters.
A Windsor Park resident wrote to report an odd and potentially dangerous situation at the intersection of Bridgewater Road and Southlea Lane. Someone, probably Georgia Power, which owns about 90 percent of the utility poles in town, replaced an old pole a few months ago. But for some reason, a three-foot section of the old pole was left behind, apparently hooked up to some utility and resting on some of the lines about 20 feet up in the air.
"Is this safe?" my correspondent wrote. "School children congregate there waiting for the school bus. Would strong winds cause it to fall or damage the power and other utility wires it seems to be affixed to?"
It is indeed a Georgia Power pole, said spokesman Robert Watkins, but the suspended section of the old pole isn't Georgia Power's. The electric utility's high-voltage lines are always the upper-most lines on the utility polls, he said. That's so that other utilities, such as AT&T and cable television companies, can access their lines without having to get too close to the serious juice in the power lines.
I emailed Watkins the photo of the pole, but he said he couldn't tell which other utility might be responsible for the strange arrangement.
Sometimes, he said, a utility will make an arrangement like this, but will bolt the short section of the old pole to the new one.
So as it stands now, I'll just have to call AT&T and maybe some cable companies and see who is responsible for the mess. Stay tuned.
Readers may recall back in August, we reported a mess in the road on Huffmann Drive, which is on the south side off of Floyd Road.
The resident was apparently operating a tree service out of his house, hauling home a mountain of tree limbs and sections of trunks and piling them in the street in front of the house.
Pat Biegler, director of Public Services for the city, which includes Special Enforcement, said she would send an officer over to inform the man he just can't be doing that. I rode out to see the results and I'm not sure the resident read the whole memo, so to speak.
Granted, the pile of wood is no longer in the street. But now it's just piled up in the yard along the street.
That's progress, I guess, but the neighbors still shouldn't be subjected to such an eyesore. Again, stay tuned. We're not done here.
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