What is it with the Daily News? Their hard-hitting editorials whether it’s on the fishing industry or other subjects have been right on. Sometimes I have to put the paper down on my lap so I can look again at the front page. This is the Daily Snooze?
The comments on the Telephone Undergrounding labels exactly the issue at hand. Here we are in the 21st Century and these telephone poles often with overhung equipment too heavy for them to carry and dangerously dangling in the wind are still with us! Why? Because the utility companies don’t want to pay taxes. If they underground the lines, they must start paying. As long as they dangle in the air, they are tax-exempt.
The mistake that Geordie Vining did as Project Manager was not postulate a systematic and downtown-centered plan. The utility companies wrangled through their lobbyists that rate payers must endure a surcharge everytime they underground lines. Of course, Mr. Vining was also presenting this surcharge just as the economy was in meltdown so the timing wasn’t great either.
If he or other concerned citizens could come back with a well-thought out plan that would stretch over many years and include from Route 1 to the Tannery, you could see a coalition of concerned citizens and commercial entities throwing their support behind this effort.
The long-range benefit would be stunning just as the undergrounding has proven with a known track record in our downtown.