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PSE&G Work to Resume in Ridgewood Next Week

Project reportedly scheduled for completion by February or March of next year.

A 69,000 volt utility pole beside an older pole on Spring Avenue. Photo credit: Daniel Johnson
A 69,000 volt utility pole beside an older pole on Spring Avenue. Photo credit: Daniel Johnson

With a green light from state regulatory officials, PSE&G plans to resume work on 65-foot utility poles in Ridgewood next week.

During a meeting Wednesday morning with village officials, representatives of the utility laid out a timeline for the remainder of the project with work resuming Monday and ending in February or March of next year, according to Heather Mailander, the acting village manager.

Pole installations were scheduled to begin on Ridgewood Avenue in the area of the high school from Dec. 26 to 29, proceeding up the road in the following months to connect with lines in Paramus.

David Steinberger, a leader in the neighborhood opposition group Individuals Concerned About Residential Electricity, asked the village Wednesday night to support the placement of the transmission lines underground.

According to Mailander, utility officials estimated the cost of burying the lines would be $3 million just for the stretch of the project along Spring Avenue and Hope Street, and said doing so would place the neighborhood on a different circuit, which could delay its restoration of power after outages.

“They could not [place the lines] underground at this time – they have to move forward,” she said. “But it is something we could consider in the future.”

Village officials said that other details of the utility upgrade, such as the route the lines take through Ridgewood, were also unlikely to be revisited since a state Board of Public Utilities decision allowing the project to move forward.

“My sense is we fought the good fight and unfortunately we didn’t win,” Mayor Paul Aronsohn said.

Citing a greater public interest, the BPU last month declined Ridgewood’s petition against the 69-kilovolt lines through the neighborhood, planned without consultation from village officials.

The reliability project, connecting substations in Fair Lawn, Paramus, Dumont and Bergenfield, had been under moratorium since the summer pending the state’s decision.

Work in other towns within the project area continued while Ridgewood aired its objections.

thetentman December 05, 2013 at 12:07 PM
Cue the NIMBY tears.
westwood kid December 05, 2013 at 03:11 PM
i love it the town spent thousands of dollars on nothing, like i said in the middle of the summer there was no way to beat pse and g im so glad i dont live on hope street or near by streets.
Long Time Resident December 05, 2013 at 05:38 PM
I am glad you don't live in town at all westwood kid. I hope you find or inherit some money so you can buy a life.
trish.durivage December 06, 2013 at 02:29 PM
We shouldn't sit idly by whilst the pillaging continues. It's time to stand up on our streets and protest. Can we unify and come together and occupy these designated streets? This affects everyone and not just the people who live on Hope, Spring & Ridgewood Avenue; we need everyones participation.
Brian December 06, 2013 at 03:22 PM
I'm all in for some good old civil disobedience. It should start with spray paint on the polls and continue with human chains in the streets. I am very surprised there havnt been more signs and protests along Hope St.
trish.durivage December 07, 2013 at 08:11 AM
Peaceful protests work. It's my sense Mayor…we haven't fought a good fight whatsoever.
thetentman December 08, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Nimby's on the warpath? This I gotta see. Why don't some of our more affluent neighbors just write the 3 mill check for underground installation? Should be easy for some of you Spring street moneybags. Oh and are you going to hire protesters or show up yourself?
disgusted December 09, 2013 at 04:57 PM
I think 3 mill is seriously underestimated.
Mikka H December 10, 2013 at 09:21 AM
OMG this is too funny..."Occupy the designated streets" ?????? REALLY? this is what your going to do ? over telephone poles??? take a good look around you people and really look at whats going on in the world.....not your little suburban world, the real world. and THIS is where your efforts are going to go? no wonder Ridgewood is the laughing stock.....the NIMBY'S with there self centered me me me me me attitude have once again put ridgewood on the map for all to laugh at....YOUR AN EMBARASSMENT....GET OVER YOURSELFS.
thetentman December 10, 2013 at 09:56 AM
Send your Nanny's out to protest, but make sure they have their Green cards with them.
westwood kid December 20, 2013 at 03:59 PM
thetentman this is great!!!! all the rich people will have the house keepers out there holding signs and then we can call ins to come and sweep them up and take them away
Ridgewood Mom December 20, 2013 at 07:35 PM
It brings such holiday cheer to witness feelings of jealousy, directed toward people who might have something a little nicer, so hypocritically accompanied by feelings of entitled superiority and self-righteous anger about those who have less. For a person that is born with privilege, never takes advantage of the special opportunities that are made uniquely easily available to them, doesn't care to work very hard, think very hard or try very hard, and doesn't go very far in life, it is a most convenient thing to direct one's frustrations toward those who have to struggle more.
Ridgewood Mom December 21, 2013 at 01:08 PM
Just out of curiosity, how many hard working immigrants do you exploit with your lawn care business, westwood kid?
DD December 21, 2013 at 03:49 PM
I cannot imagine this person actually owns a successful business. The skill set to be a success just doesn't seem to be there.

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