Saturday, July 23, 2011

SCE&G taking down poles in City Market

Beginning of the end for college students' beloved gum poles

Posted by Paul Bowers on Sat, Jul 23, 2011 at 11:00 AM

South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. plans to take down its utility poles in the City Market and bury the electric lines.

The news came out during Tuesday night’s Charleston City Council meeting. Council was debating whether to put a new thermometer up in the City Market to monitor carriage horses’ working environment when Wes Ratterree, the city’s IT director, said that he had approached SCE&G about mounting a thermometer on one of the company’s poles. The company had told him that they were going to tear the poles down soon, so that option was crossed off the list.

SCE&G spokesperson Kim Asbill said the company was working with the city to take the poles down and that the timing of the project depends on the completion of other city projects. No word yet on whether this is meant to end the city’s losing battle against tourists and students who stick their gum on City Market utility poles.

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