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Jul 5, 2017 10:30 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

PSEG And Brookhaven Officials Still Working On A Solution To Metal Utility Poles Near Eastport

PSEG crews work on metal poles between Sunrise Highway and Montauk Highway on Eastport Manor Road in Eastport. GREG WEHNER
Jul 5, 2017 10:40 AM

Representatives of PSEG Long Island and local officials met last week to discuss ways the new metal poles installed in Eastport last month might be made more aesthetically pleasing—but local officials said more needed to be done to address the concerns of the residents in the area about the project.

According to a statement from Jack Krieger, a spokesman for the Town of Brookhaven, Supervisor Ed Romaine, Councilman Dan Panico, Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski and representatives for State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and Assemblyman Fred Thiele met on Thursday, June 29, with PSEG officials. The discussion focused on the possibility of burying the power lines that were moved onto 70-foot-tall metal poles between Sunrise Highway and Montauk Highway on Eastport Manor Road.

This was the second meeting, according to Mr. Krieger, where the parties met to discuss community concerns about the installation of the poles.

“At the meeting, PSEG Long Island suggested an approach to make aesthetic changes to the area,” Mr. Krieger said. “Town, county and state officials responded by saying the offer was a good start but sought more significant changes to better address the concerns of the residents of the area.”

Neither Brookhaven officials nor PSEG would say what aesthetic changes were suggested in the meeting.

At the conclusion of the meeting, which took place at Brookhaven Town Hall and was closed to the public, PSEG officials said they would consider additional recommendations made at the meeting, and will follow up in two weeks, according to Mr. Krieger.

“We had a good discussion with the local stakeholders to develop solutions to address concerns,” said PSEG spokesperson Elizabeth Flagler. “PSEG Long Island is committed to customer satisfaction and providing a resilient, safe and reliable electric system, while balancing the impact of cost to all our customers.”

A community meeting regarding the situation will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12, at the Eastport firehouse on Union Avenue. Representatives of PSEG, as well as Brookhaven Town officials, Mr. LaValle, Mr. Thiele and Suffolk County Legislators Bridget Fleming and Al Krupski have been invited. The meeting is being sponsored by the East Moriches Property Owners Association, the Eastport Green Project and the Moriches Bay Civic Association, with support from the Speonk-Remsenburg Civic Association, Remsenburg, Eastport, Speonk Communities United, and the Citizens Advisory Committee—West.

In June, Brookhaven Town officials demanded that PSEG remove all of the 70-foot-tall metal poles installed along Eastport Manor road in Eastport. They were installed as part of ongoing infrastructure upgrades also targeting the County Road 51 corridor.

In a letter sent to residents in Eastport in June from Mr. Romaine and Mr. Panico, the Brookhaven officials said they were disgusted with the metal poles and that they were not told that such large and visually arresting poles would be used. They demanded that PSEG bury the lines, saying the town otherwise will consider legal action.

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