IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM O&R UTILITIES
O&R POLES: NO
HOSTING FOR POSTINGS
PEARL RIVER, NY Sept.
6, 2017 --- How did we ever communicate with our neighbors before the Internet?
We chatted with them as
we walked the dog or waited with the kids at the bus stop. We took a break from
mowing the lawn to discuss the events of the day over the back fence or on a
breather from raking leaves or shoveling snow out of the driveway.
But, if we lost a
household pet, sponsored a teen car wash, hosted a garage sale, opened a
lawn-care business, ran for public office or threw a block party, the first
place we went to spread the news was the utility pole.
Before anyone ever
imagined the Internet, one of the most popular local message boards by default
became the utility poles that line many of the community’s streets. The poles
were one of the most convenient and accessible methods for hosting a posting.
Signs of every shape, size and message sprung up every season --- especially
during the political season.
Now, times have
changed. The Internet is the most effective marketing tool ever conceived. We
have a distribution list for everyone from the Cub Scout troop to the choir
group and everyone in between. The neighbors are at our texting finger tips.
And, still the pole
signs prevail. Not satisfied with texting everyone we know, we want the
carriage trade passerby as well. No one can pass our block without seeing posts
on poles about our garage sales.
signs and posters more often than not pose a safety risk as a visual
distraction to motorists, particularly at street intersections, and a litter
nuisance. Further, such signs can obscure the pole’s 10-digit I.D. number,
hindering customer efforts to determine a definitive pole location when
reporting outages or damage.
So, O&R today
issued a reminder to its customers, particularly all political candidates and
their campaign workers as we enter the electoral season, about O&R’s
long-standing policy prohibiting the posting of all signs on utility poles.
This policy is grounded
in very practical safety and litter control considerations and O&R is
asking the cooperation of all who hang signs for car washes, lost pets, garage
sales and political campaigns for compliance.