Two Utility Poles Where Only One is Needed

“Have you noticed a new utility pole next to a shorter one?” Laurens CPW General Manager John Young asked that question at Monday night’s CPW Meeting for February. He said the sight is being seen all over Laurens. Young said that there are approximately 100 instances where the commission has replaced a damaged pole. He said the old poles had connections for CPW electrical wires on top, but lower on the pole were wires for telephone and cable service attached.

Young went on to explain that when a pole is replaced, the other utilities are notified to detach their connecting wires from the old pole and place them on the new pole. He said, “Unfortunately, our requests are ignored, and that situation leaves the unsightly situation of two poles.” Mr. Young showed pictures with examples of areas in Laurens with two utility poles, side by side.