WANT DANGER OF OVERHEAD WIRES ELIMINATED
The Larchmonter-Times, February
Prominent Larchmont men discuss
conditions at meeting held by public service commission
-- various suggestions for remedying defects are
offered and an inspection is to be made.
A hearing called by the Public Service
Commission for the purpose of hearing complaints,
as to the menace to public safety, caused by the
overhead high tension wires of the Westchester
Lighting Company along the Post Road and Larchmont
Avenue was held at the Village Hall, on Tuesday
August 31st, at 10:15 PM. There were present:
J. A. Ryan, Engineer, Public Service
N. J. Higinbotham, Trustee, Village of Larchmont
John McLean Robison, President, Larchmont Business
Louis B. Miller, Secreary, Larchmont Business
Dr. Otto Ernst, Member, Larchmont Business Mens'
W. C. Fischer, Chief Engineer, Westchester Lighting
Mr. Robinson, representing the Larchmont
Business Mens' Association, called the attention
of the Public Service Commission and the Westchester
Lighting Company to the situation caused by the
wires on the Boston Post Road and the Larchmont
Avenue stating that at a meeting of the Association,
Mr. Maddock had been appointed to examine conditions
on the Boston Post Road. He reported that the
secondary wires were skinned and upon a small
storm in the Village all lights went out. A resolution
was passed to have the matter taken up with the
Westchester Lighting Company to see if the Village
of Larchmont could have better lighting service.
Mr. Robinson brought up the matter
of the Webber building on the Boston Post Road.
The wires in front are in such a position that
in case of fire a ladder could not be raised to
gain access to the building. Therefore, for this
and the fact of the wires fallen to the street,
the high tension wires are deemed a menace to
Mr. Miller brought to the attention
of the Chairman that during the last severe storms,
the condition on the Boston Post Road was such
as to have the police rope off this section. Mr.
Miller stated that the wires are a menace, and
are liable to fall at any time. He recommended
that the wires be placed underground.
Dr. Otto Ernst stated that the high
tension wires should be placed along the railroad.
He also brought to the attention of Mr. Fisher
that during a short circuit of wires in front
of his residence, the men who were sent to attend
to the same were not properly equipped. Mr. Fisher
stated for the Company that the Company had taken
up the equipment of the men and have purchased
21 new trucks with full equipment with highly
powerful lights and rubber armaments to take care
of the work of this nature.
Mr. Miller further stated that the
lines on the Post Road would be a menace in case
of fire and therefore should be put underground.
Mr. Miller described the operation of raising
a ladder in case of fire stating that the Department
had tried every way in case of fire to cope with
the situation on the Post Road. Dr. Otto Ernst
stated that the wires were in a very poorly insulated
condition which possibly had something to do with
the poor lighting service throughout the Village.
Upon discussion of the matter, Mr. Fisher stated
that the insulation on the wires does not affect
the outgoing of the lights. He stated that the
wires were strung through trees and this friction
between the wire and the tree would wear out the
insulation on the wire and temporarily cause a
N. J. Higginbotham, Trustee of the
Village of Larchmont, brought up the matter of
the interruption of the lighting service in the
southerly part of the village. The wires are strung
through the trees which have grown very tall and
the wires rub against the tree causing a short
circuit. Mr. Fisher, upon discussion, stated that
a case like this would be remedied by insulating
the wire and protecting it against the trade or
lowering the wires to lower limbs.
Dr. Otto Ernst stated that during
installation of wires on his property the men
went away without attaching the lighting arrestors.
He asked them why they did not do this. They inquired
of him who he was. They then called on the Superintendent
and the work was completed the next day.
In reply to this, Mr. Fisher stated
for the Company that the men were instructed to
finish work which had not been completed the next
day, but in the case of emergency, finish up to
the point in order to supply light to the people.
Dr. Ernst called Mr. Fischer's attention
to the number of poles on the Post Road. Mr. Robinson,
after discussion of the matter, stated that his
associates desired to have these poles eliminated.
After discussion of the matter, Dr. Fisher agreed
to cooperate with the trolley and telephone companies
so that the wires of all three companies concerns
could be placed on the same poles on the Post
Road. Mr. Fischer also stated that the Westchester
Lighting Company were going to put up a one-pole
system on Chatsworth Avenue which could be extended
along the Post Road. Mr. Fischer stated that in
New Rochelle and Mt. Vernon business streets a
change was to be made from the four-light lamps
to one-light lamps of a higher power.
Chairman Ryan stated that from the
records, Larchmont is not the only section affected
with lighting this year. Long Island has had more
this year than any year. He also stated that interruption
of the lighting service all over had exceeded
all records. The Public Service Commission had
engaged a Mr. Stewart to investigate the matter,
and suggest a remedy to correct the frequent interruption
of lighting service during storms. No further
business coming before the meeting, Chairman Ryan
adjourned the meeting and proposed to inspect
the high tension wires with those persons present.