I have heard from many of you, objecting to the PSEG infrastructure pole project under way in our town. Two things about this project are undeniable:
—As Super storm Sandy proved, we need the additional power and bolstered infrastructure that this project promises to provide.
—The huge poles are ugly, and not consistent with why many of us love to live here—the natural beauty of Port Washington.
Finding a balance between the two conflicting and legitimate goals of strengthening the power infrastructure and preserving our town’s beauty is extremely complicated.
It is true that PSEG acted without first meeting with town officials and community groups. While not illegal, it was certainly insensitive and misguided. As individuals and in groups, our people have done an excellent job of making their displeasure known. Now we need to go forward in a way that will do the most good, not ascribe the most blame.
PSEG has agreed to hold a meeting on March 24, at 7 p.m., at the Clubhouse at Harbor Links Golf Course. I urge you to attend.
My hope is that what comes out of this is a feasibility project to consider alternatives, including:
—the possibility of burying the lines,
—a firm commitment to replant “wire-friendly trees” to replace those that have been severely trimmed, and
—a guarantee that the double poles will be removed by PSEG as part of this installation.
One of the reasons we all love it here is because it is so beautiful and we want to keep it that way.
As many of you know, I have advocated for several projects aimed at maintaining and building on Port Washington’s beauty, including creating new parking that doesn’t create an eyesore, re-opening Petrus Park, and obtaining public funding for Main Street streetscape improvements. I announced this week that Sheets Creek will receive additional funds for restoration, as will the Manorhaven Boat Ramp.
I stand with you on this issue, as well [and am] looking forward to seeing you on the 24th.
Councilwoman, Town of North Hempstead