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Mayor: Northport Cannot Clear Trees on Wires

Northport Mayor George Doll said village employees cannot clear trees on wires without LIPA crew present.

The Village workers have been out continuously since Sunday October 28th, cutting up and clearing downed trees. The priority is the main roads first and then the secondary roads. Our primary concern in clearing those roads is for the passage of emergency service vehicles. Our road clearing operation is almost 90% complete. Our work crew will continue to work through the weekend.

Our Village workers cannot work on any trees that are touching or tangled in electric lines either in the wires or on the street. Anything dealing with the wires is LIPA’s responsibility. The Village informs LIPA of the location of trees in wires and LIPA decides the priority of dealing with them. We have been sending our workers with the LIPA crew to help expedite the clean up.

When the LIPA tree crews are finished the LIPA linesmen will repair the wires and restore the electricity. It is a very frustrating process. We have been in continuous contact with LIPA and will persist until every home has power.

A major concern is that some generators are not properly connected and they are back-feeding electricity into lines that are supposed to be dead. This is causing a dangerous situation and is prolonging the restoration process.

Supervisor Frank Petrone and the Town of Huntington are trying to arrange for the Laurel Ave School to be opened as a warming center this weekend.

– Northport Mayor George Doll

Ashley Palko November 03, 2012 at 11:37 AM
The LIPA number is 1-800-490-0075. Call them ASAP if there are downed wires, don't assume your neighbor called. It's better to have it reported twice than not at all and someone gets hurt.
BlackRock November 09, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Follow Chris Christie's advice "Ask for forgiveness later rather than for permission now." Let Highway cut up the trees and open the roads.
Jon G November 12, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Mayor Doll, I respectfully state that this is a huge load of BS. I placed calls every day to Village Hall to find out when the trees would be removed that was lying across my street. Please note that the residents cleared the tree of the wires on Tuesday 10/31 so the village could remove it. My call was answered with venom, and I was actually hung up on by Donna Koch at one point, telling me that there are 7,500 residents in the village and that we didn't pay here enough for this. There were 3 people in the room with me at the time, and all jaws were on the floor in disbelief that a PUBLIC SERVANT would be so incorrigible. On Wed 11/7 I finally went to village hall with my next door neighbor. We asked to speak with Mr. Guido. When we asked him when we would see movement on clearing this hazard, he first stated "Listen kid (I am 42 year old), the Village has cleaned up all it's going to clean up from this storm", then started actually yelling at us. Long story short, after convincing him to get in his car and survey the scene, he picked up his radio and 15 minutes later the job was done. Kudos, except for the fact that this just indicated it could have been done a week earlier. I'm not entirely convinced that Mrs. Koch didn't remove us from the list the day her foul mood caused her to so rudely hang up on me. I understand that village employees have been put under a great deal of stress as a result of this storm, but generally speaking, working for this village is fairly
Jon G November 12, 2012 at 02:48 PM
laid back normally, AND this IS what we pay them for. I do understand that both of these people are appointed, and not elected, but you ARE. Please bear that in mind the next time their reviews are due. Additionally, I have little confidence in the village administration after seeing their handling of this whole mess. Fellow Northporters, make your voices heard in the 2014 local elections.

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