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Exposed cable concerns resident

Published September 20. 2011 05:01PM

An exposed PPL wire laying on the ground between Hemlock Drive and Highland Hills Road had resident Joe McGinley concerned enough to come to the recent Mahoning Township supervisors meeting to ask if they could check on it.

"They put a temporary line on the ground and covered it with rubber mats and people are driving on it every day," said McGinley. "The power line crosses the road and goes directly into a transformer."

McGinley called the situation "downright dangerous" and expressed his concern that it is a hazard to local residents in that area. He said there were little warning signs along it, and when it first appeared he thought it was a short-term issue.

"It's been laying there for better than a week," he added.

Road crew Supervisor Ron Reeser told the board the area in which this exposed cable is laid is also one that receives water run-off and he didn't know what effect that could have on the cable or the safety of residents.

"This was placed there about a week after Hurricane Irene," Reeser said.

Chairman John Wieczorek assured McGinley the matter would be investigated.

"We will call PPL and find out what is going on and when it will be fixed," he said.

Wieczorek asked Reeser to follow up with the power company.

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