Time to shed light: Denver has dim view of PPL

By on March 22, 2017

PPL continues to drag their feet with decisions needing made for Denver’s street light privatization plan, borough officials contend.

Originally the privatization was scheduled to be completed by now. It is estimated Denver will save up to $50,000 per year by owning its street lights.

“It’s frustrating,” said Mike Hession, borough manager, at the March 13 council meeting. “Even a simple request like asking PPL to locate their underground lines gets complicated. The answer we got was to have our contractor dig some holes.”

“ I said: ‘Well, that costs money’,” said Hession. “We’ve asked PPL to put something in writing regarding the location of junction boxes. They have not.”

“This has gone on for three years,” said resident and former Councilman Mike Cohick. “Isn’t there something we can do about the way they’ve been treating us?”

“Yes,” said Councilman Todd Stewart. “We’re thinking about possible actions to take. What we want most is to keep moving this project forward, and PPL is not helping.”

Cohick asked if the “clock started ticking on the borough’s $224,000 project grant.”

“Yes,” said Hession, “the clock has started, and we have enough time.”

In other business:

* The planning commission canceled its March 14 meeting due to the snow storm. The board will meet April 11.

* Hession announced that when he attempted to send residents the Swift Reach Alert at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 13, regarding the snow emergency starting at 10 p.m., it did not go out.

“I called the company and they said that so many automatically dialed calls across the country were trying to be sent simultaneously that the system couldn’t handle all of them. They advised me to try again later.”

Councilman Jason South said his phone received two phone notifications: the earlier one Hession attempted to send and one just after 7 p.m.

* Hession reminded residents who didn’t sign up for Swift Reach alerts to contact the borough office if they’d like to receive them. Any information sent out using Swift Reach also is posted on the borough’s Web site.

* Hession said in conversation after the meeting that he was prepared to spend the night at the borough hall. He has done this for several years during weather emergencies, and workers appreciate his availability. There’s no down time when he’s needed. Some roads workers started their shifts at 11 p.m. Monday night with others reporting at midnight.

* Council approved an amount not to exceed $4,000 for survey and HOP permit work to be done by Hanover Engineering Associates for five ADA ramps planned for Lancaster Avenue.

* A $4,875.00 street sweeping contract, including paved alleyways, was awarded to Reilly Sweeping Inc.

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