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Crews begin replacing decayed light poles in Wiseman Park

Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 4:29 pm

A crew from Southern Electric works to replace decayed poles in Wiseman Park. Up to 10 poles will have to be replaced after many were found to be “rotten” during an inspection last month. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

A crew from Southern Electric works to replace decayed poles in Wiseman Park. Up to 10 poles will have to be replaced after many were found to be “rotten” during an inspection last month. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

Crews from Southern Electric slowly began replacing the decayed light poles in Wiseman Park last week. Decayed poles were discovered in the park after a light pole fell just days after the Jack Daniel World Championship Invitational Barbecue back in October.

Metro Mayor Sloan Stewart informed the Metropolitan Lynchburg Moore County Council of the situation at its November meeting. The council took action to have all the poles in the park inspected for decay.

“I had a company come in. They went through, drilled them, treated them,” Stewart reported to the Council at its December meeting, adding that 10 of the 30 poles in the park needed to be replaced.

Stewart said replacing the “rotten” poles would cost the county between $15,000 to $20,000 at approximately $1,500 per pole.

“That’s to buy the pole, install the pole, rewire it and change the lights over, so we’re looking at about $15,000 to $20,000 to replace the poles that’s down in Wiseman Park,” Stewart reported.

The money to pay for the project came from the county’s Capital Projects fund.

With a goal of starting to replace the damaged poles this month, the plan was on track until the heavy rains in early January slowed down the project.

On Monday night following the Council’s January meeting, Stewart said crews had been slowed by the recent rain and were unable to get down into the lower end of the park near the creek which was still very muddy.

He hoped the project would be wrapped up soon.

“I am thinking by the first of the month, by the first of February,” said Stewart on Tuesday morning. “I just talked with them a little while ago and they were checking on doing some wiring. I think in the next couple weeks they will get  it done unless they run into some more (bad) weather.”

 —ROBERT HOLMAN, editor & publisher (mcnpub@lcs.net) @TheMooreCoNews

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