Kinderhook linemen busy on poles
Emilia Teasdale reports in the Columbia Paper that the National Grid power company is “changing out transformers” and poles in Kinderhook, and some town officials and residents are not happy. Mayor Dale Leiser said, after a transformer went up on Hudson Street suspended between two poles, that, “this is unacceptable.” He was given three options: leave the new equipment where it is; put the transformer in a box on the ground; or remove all the new equipment. As of June 22, no decision had been made on the Hudson Street transformer, and there is other new work in the village. Some residents wanted the power equipment buried underground, or, like in Valatie, to have the power lines run behind the buildings on Main Street. In all, National Grid is replacing 60 to 70 electric poles in Kinderhook Village. While that is being done residents may see some double poles, as Consolidated Communications and Spectrum move their internet service to the new poles. Read more about this story in the Columbia Paper.