Martha’s Vineyardians complain about new taller poles

Posted: May 15, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Spokesmen for the power company NStar told the Martha’s Vineyard Commission Thursday that they believe the commission has no jurisdiction over a project to install new, oversized utility poles around the Island. NStar says the taller, wider poles are needed to accommodate heavier equipment and provide more reliable service. The poles have raised the hackles of Islanders and public officials who say they are ruinous to roadside aesthetics and out of character for the Vineyard.

Not only are the poles taller, but they installed mid-span poles too  to make the community look like they were riddled with a giant picket fence. Evidently the town has no say in what kind of poles are replaced, but can have a say in the mid-span installation. Taller poles are part of many smart grid installations. Sheffield is seeing taller poles being installed (look down Maple)

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