On today’s front page is a picture that depicts two eras of utility service in Camden. On the left is a decorative light fixture installed sometime during the last several months at the corner of Greene and Lyttleton streets. That’s “modern day” Camden.
On the right is a wooden utility pole, sans a street light, with either an AT&T or TruVista line (or both) running atop it. That’s “old” Camden.
We make the distinction because the way we suspect most city residents want their streets to appear is without being able to see utility lines of any sort above ground. It’s why the city has spent so much effort to move electric lines underground and provide underground conduits for AT&T and TruVista to run their cable/internet lines.
Doing so gets power and other lines away from trees where damage can be done. It’s also a much nicer appearance. That’s why we understand how many people, especially in the city’s historic district, are wondering what is taking so long.
In our story, City Manager Mel Pearson makes it clear that while the city owns the most of the old poles, it can’t take them down until AT&T and TruVista move their lines underground. He said the city, with help from State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, is working to get the companies moving a little faster.
However, as Councilman Jeffrey Graham suggested last year, perhaps who the two companies need to hear from are its customers. Call often enough and someone’s bound to decide they’d rather get their crews moving than hear from irate residents.
The only other thing we can suggest is patience that the city will work things out to everyone’s satisfaction.