What's Wrong With This Picture?

August 19, 2012
  • A utility pole on Mechanic Street in Hagerstown is leaning.
Photo by Andrew Schotz

The problem: Someone who called The Herald-Mail recently said a utility pole on Mechanic Street in Hagerstown, near Salem Avenue, is leaning, and thought it might be dangerous.

Who can fix it: The City of Hagerstown

What they say: Asked about the utility pole, Michael Spiker, the city’s director of utilities, wrote on Tuesday: “The HLD (Hagerstown Light Department) had earlier received two calls from a resident(s) regarding this situation. The Engineering and Operations Departments have visited the location and will be adding a sidewalk down guy as a precautionary measure after all other underground utilities have been located.”

Asked to explain a “sidewalk down guy,” Spiker wrote:

“Envision this. The guy wire is attached at a point near the top of the pole and a bracket that is six feet in length is attached perpendicularly approximately 20 feet above the sidewalk. The guy wire is then attached to the bracket and travels to an anchor at the edge of the sidewalk. This allows pedestrians to walk on the sidewalk without any obstruction.”

— Compiled by Andrew Schotz

If you are aware of a safety problem, a major annoyance or a pet peeve that one of our governmental bodies, an agency or an organization is responsible for fixing, send the information, and a photo if you have it, to:

What’s Wrong With This Picture
c/o The Herald-Mail newsroom
100 Summit Ave.
Hagerstown MD 21740

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Editor’s note: Each Monday, The Herald-Mail will highlight an infrastructure issue or other problem and will try to find out what is being done to fix or improve the situation. We will not tackle situations involving neighborhood or domestic disputes, or consumer problems.

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