Town councilors sort out utility pole concerns on Amherst College project

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Staff Writer
Published: 2/8/2022 12:05:11 PM
Modified: 2/8/2022 12:03:32 PM

AMHERST — Improved electrical service for a new Amherst College building will be provided without installing an extra utility pole along a town street, resolving a Town Council concern about a proliferation of poles and wires.

Councilors Monday unanimously approved a plan that will bring three-phase power to Woodside Avenue, and to the college’s lyceum building being constructed on South Pleasant Street, through a reconfiguration of existing poles, rather than adding a new pole.

Nicholas Langone, district representative and field technician for Eversource, said he came up with the plan in response to council complaints in January about the company using too many overhead wires and poles to hold them.

Working with his colleagues who will handle the work, Langone said the plan adjusts the locations of existing poles, and will also necessitate movement of a transformer. That will come with a brief planned power outage for residents on the street.

“I think this is a solution I hope will make everybody happy,” Langone said.

Councilors who spoke praised the company for its action. At-Large Councilor Mandi Jo Hanneke said that she appreciated concerns had been listened to.

Minimizing the number of new poles should be a long-term objective, said District 4 Councilor Pamela Rooney, adding that she wants to see it become “standard operating procedure” for Eversource.

Meantime, a proposal for a utility pole to be added on Rolling Ridge Road has been withdrawn by Eversource.

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