Eyewitness reports on aged pole replacement


Courtesy of Madeleine Roozen

NEW IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD – Madeleine Roozen watched from her front porch as a crew from Potelco spent the day replacing a utility pole on the east side of Second Street between Washington and Benton streets.

Linemen for the county?

Well, not exactly. When the Pedrozas and their neighbor on S. Second Street noticed the power pole outside their house was looking suspect in mid-March, Rene called Puget Sound Energy. Upon closer inspection, PSE decided the pole needed to be replaced. By March 22, contractor Potelco Inc. had dropped off a bright shiny new black pole beside the Pedroza and Eitner homes.

The next Monday morning, shortly after the crack of dawn, the crew arrived with their lift, boom and equipment trucks. As Kelly Cook noted, it was obviously not their first rodeo. Travis, Dave, Mike and...

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