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Broken Utility Pole, Official Response

From: John Dunn [mailto:jdunn4@optonline.net]
Sent: Friday, January 11, 2013 12:22 PM
To: 'MSparaccio@tohmail.org'
Cc: 'David Denenberg'; 'Michael Ganci'; 'Paul Laursen'; 'Supervisor Kate Murray'; 'acullin@tohmail.org'
Subject: FW: Broken Telephone Pole on Merrick Avenue

Good day, Ms Sparaccio and Mr. Deery.The fact remains that the broken pole is still there and still a threat. Your continued attention to this matter is urgently requested. John Dunn

From: Michele Sparaccio [mailto:MSparaccio@tohmail.org]
Sent: Friday, January 11, 2013 10:24 AM
To: jdunn4@optonline.net
Subject: Broken Telephone Pole on Merrick Avenue

Dear Mr. Dunn, Please read the attached memo. Mike DeeryDirector of CommunicationsTown of Hempstead

Mr. John Dunn     181 Marion Avenue     Merrick, NY 11566

Dear Mr. Dunn,
The Town of Hempstead takes great pride in helping neighbors to resolve issues that are important to them. On occasion, requests made by residents are not under the Town’s jurisdiction, however, Hempstead Town continually strives to assist every resident in any way possible. Accordingly, Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilwoman Angie Cullin have asked that I contact you to bring you up to date on the various ways in which we have worked to have the broken telephone pole on Merrick Avenue removed.

After your initial phone call to our HELPLINE department, a staff member contacted LIPA to report the leaning and cracked utility pole on Merrick Avenue. LIPA told our staff member they would have a representative contact you. Ten days later, after your second phone call to our HELPLINE department, a staff member contacted Verizon regarding removing the damaged pole. Verizon stated that other utilities would have to transfer their wires to the new pole, which was installed, and until then the work order to remove the pole was on hold. Subsequently, our staff member left you a voicemail message relaying the information provided by Verizon. A few days later, our staff member called Verizon as a follow up, and was told that Verizon had notified Sidera Networks (formerly Long Island Fiber Exchange) regarding the transfer of wires. In addition, Verizon notified us that a Foreman was dispatched to the location for review. During our next follow-up phone call, Verizon stated they had not heard from any utilities regarding transferring their wires, however, they stated they would make a courtesy phone call to Sidera Networks and Nassau County to request a wire transfer. In the meanwhile, our staff also verified with our Traffic Control and Street Lighting Division that a street light pole in the location was a separate decorative pole in front of the damaged Verizon pole. In no way was our street light pole impeding the removal of the damaged pole. In addition, our staff member called Nassau County as well as Sidera Networks to report the pole and inquire about transferring wires. After receiving notice that Nassau County had transferred their wires, our staff member left you a voicemail message updating you on what had transpired.

During our next follow-up phone call to Sidera Networks, we were told that their wires had been transferred. Therefore, we called Verizon to relay the message that all wires had been transferred, and the pole could now be removed. A few days later, Verizon responded that a job number had been issued for the pole removal and it would be completed within the next few days. Our staff member yet again, called you and left a voicemail message to keep you updated.

Indeed, Hempstead Town remained committed to facilitating the removal of this damaged pole by remaining in contact with various outside agencies in addition to keeping you apprised along the way. I hope that this information is helpful, and I appreciate your contacting the Supervisor and Councilwoman on this matter.

Sincerely,
Michael Deery
Director of Communications
MD/np
donnam January 11, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Mr. Ganci, how about some coverage on the Merokians who are still suffering from Hurricane Sandy? What about some updates on what the county and town are doing for them? This pole looks like it has gotten the attention it needs and the correspondence above has shown that Mr. Dunn has been updated frequently regarding the status of removal.
John Dunn January 11, 2013 at 11:09 PM
The tragedies of destroyed homes are just that. They are tragic. However, there is little danger to the lives of displaced residents. This pole however, it a clear and present danger that has been in place for seven months so far, contacts with LIPA, Verizon and several goverment officials not withstanding. I assure you that until this pole has been removed, you will continue to hear from me about the issue.
donnam January 11, 2013 at 11:32 PM
How many articles regarding destroyed houses from Sandy............ZERO How many articles on displaced residents from Sandy.................... ZERO How many articles regarding the dangerous mold situation from Sandy..........ZERO How many articles regarding the dangerous automobile situation from Sandy........ZERO How many articles regarding this pole..........................FIVE And that's just what I counted in the last 4 weeks!
Zach T January 24, 2013 at 01:44 AM
I am creating a petition to ban Mr. John Dunn from creating articles on Patch. I am writing the article about the petition as we speak

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