Dangerous Broken Pole, Continued

I received this voice mail message reagrding the broken pole in front of 125 Merrick Avenue:

"Yes, good morning. This message is for Mr. John Dunn. My name is Ella Pinelli. I'm calling from Supervisor Kate Murray's office in the Town of Hempstead. We are in receipt of your e-mail in regards to the pole and certainly have been made aware that since you contacted our office back in October, we have reached out to Verizon several times and also they did inform us over the last couple of days that some wires initally had to be moved. Nassau County Traffic Signal has moved their wires and now we just made a call to Sedema(?) Networks  which is a fiber exchange company, a fiber company, and as well as Verizon has contacted them in the past, but we placed a courtesy call to them as well and they did indicate that they would send somebody out and check on it. So we just hopefully, once they move their wires, according to Verizon, then Verizon can remove the pole. So hopefully, that should be the last of it and then that would be wonderful for the holiday. But if you need to reach us, we can be reached, my name is Ella, E-l-l-a, last name is Pinelli, P-i-n-e-l-l-i, Supervisor Kate Murray's office. You can reach me directly through 489-6000. Again, that's 489-6000. Thank you. "

John Dunn
181 Marion Avenue
Merrick, NY 11566
Zach T December 21, 2012 at 11:02 AM
2 words- Who Cares?!? Just about all of South Merrck got their homes destroyed, and all you're concerned about is a stupid pole? It wont fall, its not dangerous.... Get a life
John Dunn December 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Who cares? I do. You should. That thing got broken six months ago and no responsible entity, either business or government, has yet responded. It's right near an elementary school too. I assume that YOU don't have any children attending there, Your attiude is both arrogant and inappropriate.
donnam December 21, 2012 at 04:20 PM
thanks zach, seems everyone is oblivious that south merrick is destroyed. yes, the houses are still standing, but they are gutted inside and the contents have all been discarded. what is merrick doing? nothing. Freeport, Seaford, Island Park, Bellmore, Long Beach all have civic communities and volunteer groups helping. I haven't heard of one event helping in merrick. it's such a shame. i don't even have a christmas tree. So, while I sympathize about the pole being dangerous, my house is dangerous too and no one is assisting me
John Dunn December 21, 2012 at 05:13 PM
A broken pole DID fall in Merrick a while ago. It was reported in Merrick Patch. See http://merrick.patch.com/groups/breaking-news/p/truck-knocks-down-pole-wires-fall-on-man-in-merrick
John Dunn December 21, 2012 at 05:14 PM
To go further, the wires of that fallen pole landed on a man who, thank heavens, survived. However, we don't need a repeat of that on Merrick Avenue.
John Dunn December 21, 2012 at 05:17 PM
It would be horrible to have several tons of wood crush a child. It would be horrible to have a child electrocuted by fallen wires. Your ruined home is a tragedy and nobody takes anything away from your own plight. However, your life is not in danger. Sadly though, you seem willing to accept a life threatening situation to exist at the Chatterton school. I find your self-centeredness quite appalling.
donnam December 21, 2012 at 05:46 PM
I find your self-centeredness & that of the rest of merokians quite appalling. The response and aide should be embarrassing. And yes, our lives are in danger down here. Those who live north of merrick road seem to not understand that. -Some are STILL without heat in this weather. FYI: there was a months wait for a new boiler & heater if your equipment was underwater, due to the high demand. Electrical sockets & panels were underwater. Insulation under the house & walls were pulled out, due to the flooding and that makes it even colder. -Not every home has been inspected electrically, waiting to cause a fire -Mold is/was growing in all of our homes -Trees are still uprooted & branches hanging waiting to fall on people -Wires are still down -Cars that have been under water are still sitting in driveways ready to ignite. I'm not making light of the pole situation and don't begrudge you your passion for fixing it. However, I don't appreciate the condescending attitude toward people that are suffering in unliveable homes, especially at Christmas. This is the first time in 64 years I have not had a tree for christmas. I am living out of 2 rooms in my upstairs, since my downstairs has been gutted from the flood. The chatterton community is lucky to have you speaking out. I wish those of us in south merrick had an advocate like you.
John Dunn December 21, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Self-centeredness is precisely your trait, "donnam". Narcissim seems to be another since you cannot take your mind over to a problem that involves someone else. A friend of mine whose home suffered very much the same things as your own has a very diffrent attitude. He told me that the events of that storm had given him a new perspective on ichthyology. He's dealing with it. I wouldn't wish the problems you have on anyone, including yourself. However, the danger of that broken pole coming down on some child are getting worse every time I walk by there and THAT requires immediate remedy.
donnam December 21, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Funny, since the same traits could be said of you. I'm through being harassed & berated by you, I have enough problems. Have a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. And good luck with getting the pole repaired.
John Dunn December 21, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Happy Holidays, "donnam" and good luck with restoring your home.
Zach T December 22, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Thank you donnam, finally someone who understands what's going on. And John- I know your house on Marion ave was untouched by the storm, but not only did I lose my two cars; I lost my basement, first floor, heating, and majority of my electric. FEMA promised me one of their temporary heaters/Hot water heaters to come on Monday, and I will be living with that until one is available. Plus, my insurance still hasn't shown me a penny. So this "Pole", which is a piece of wood HELD UP by the wires, can wait a few more months. Poles fall all the time, it's not the end of the world. And on top of that, the pictures you use contain different clarity and exposure levels, but by looking at them it is totally clear that there was no change in damage for them One more thing- If you're SOOOOO concerned about this pole "falling" on any given day, we just had a "Superstorm" not even two months ago, and the pole was unharmed.... Hmm... seems stable to me. I know Hanukkah is over John, so your "holiday season" is over, but like donnam, some of us still have to celebrate our holiday. So stop complaining about the pole, and why don't you figure out a way to help your neighbors to the south, south west, and south east. Merry CHRISTmas, Zach
John Dunn December 22, 2012 at 08:43 AM
You just don't get it, do you Zach. You remind me of someone I saw interviewed on a TV news program about rising crime. The comment was something like "You say you see a mugging here every week?? Where I live we have TEN muggings a week. Don't tell ME you have a problem!!" No empathy at all. That pole is a danger. You should know that. It is right smack on a major thoroughfare by the Chatterton Elementary School and the wood continues to splinter and disintegrate more and more as time goes by. It is foolish to assume that it could remain still standing for months. It has already been six months or longer. It is foolish to assume that the attached wires will hold it up. I am a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York and I have been educated regarding the consequences that a fallen pole can entail. If I described THAT in detail, it would be grisly. I will spare your sensitivities. Until that pole is repaired, I have no intention ofbacking off or backing down.
Zach T December 24, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Wahhhhh Wahh Wahh Mr. Dunn, for your pleasure I have notified the local waaaaaaaaambulance to assist you and your "pole". Maybe you should campaign to use metal poles instead of wood for this insane, unheard of, SPLINTERING.
John Dunn December 24, 2012 at 05:25 PM
And still you don't get it, do you, Zach? The following text is very ugly and anyone reading it just better be prepared. A lecture entitled "Electric Incident Cause & Origin" was presented on May 1, 2009 by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) Long Island Systems, Applications & Technology Conference (LISAT) and the IEEE Long Island Section. An incident took place on Woodbury Road, north of Jericho Turnpike, not far from the Post Office, where a pole collapsed and took down overhead wires onto a car, trapping the driver inside. The car's frame was electrified with, if memory serves, 13000 volts and the car caught fire. The driver had no chance of survival. It was either be burned to death in the car or be electrocuted in the course of an attempted escape. Electrocution happened after which the flames immolated the driver's corpse. Are you sickened yet, Zach? Can you imagine something like that occurring again? I would like to suggest that you emerge from your shroud of ignorance and denial.
Henry Bazan Jr December 28, 2012 at 11:15 AM
Mr Dunn your absolutely right. Broken or splintering poles are so dangerous. Some poles have high voltage cable besides your regular 120 voltage cable. Poles also carry heavy equipment like transformers, tv and telephone equipment too. To make it even worst, its by a school. Lipa should immediately be called out there or police should barricade the area.


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