Verizon has told the Town of Southampton it will begin taking down telephone poles that are not being used.
Verizon told town officials at a meeting earlier this month that it will dedicate a crew for 20 days each month until the poles, some of which are jointly owned by Verizon and Cablevision, are removed. The crews plan to take down 40 to 60 poles a month, making one that pose a safety risk a priority.
The effort was spearheaded by Southampton Councilwoman Bridget Fleming, who cited complaints from residents and Communications Workers of America union members.
“I am gratified that the utility companies are willing to work together to resolve the problem,” Fleming said. “It will put Southampton workers to work and improve the landscape and remove the safety concerns.”
She said that Verizon will inform Cablevision if it has any equipment on the old poles. Newsday is owned by Cablevision.
As new poles were installed over the years, officials said, many times the old ones were not removed.
The Long Island Power Authority had already reached an agreement with the town to remove 29 of its poles by the end of April. So far 11 have been taken down.