Damaged utility pole irks Washington Twp. woman
Jodi Olszewski drives past a damaged utility pole along Perry Avenue each day as she drives to and from her home.
The Washington Township woman is hopeful the pole will be replaced, fearing it might fall onto the roadway and injure someone.
Olszewski lives on Mikula Road, just down the hill from the utility pole.
According to Olszewski, it was damaged during an accident June 21.
“I was asleep when my boys told me there was an accident,” Olszewski said.
“They ran out when they heard the fire engines.”
The pole is splintered at its base and several feet from the ground. It leans and is being held up by emergency tape wrapped around it.
Olszewski said she has spent the past month trying to have the pole replaced.
Olszewski said she initially was told Verizon owned the pole. On July 9, she learned it was a West Penn Power pole and has since been trying to get the electric company to act.
Washington Township supervisors Jamie Miller and Chuck Yusko have been doing the same.
Yusko said he is unsure who taped the pole, saying township officials did not.
“I was told they were going to get it fixed as soon as possible,” Yusko said.
“West Penn Power told me it is stable for now, and they're not too concerned.
“I don't agree. I feel it should be fixed now.”
A spokesman for West Penn Power said crews have been working for weeks repairing the damage from recent storms.
Olszewski said she tried to explain to West Penn that the pole is in “very bad condition.”
“I just want that pole fixed,” Olszewski said. “If that pole falls, it could kill someone.”
Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or email@example.com.
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