Town of New Castle Administrator’s Report – 03/12/19

New Castle Administrator’s Report – March 12, 2019

Jill Shapiro
Administrator, New Castle

Con Ed Municipal Liaison Program and More: The Annual Site Visit Recap

Last week Town Staff met with Representatives of Con Ed to tell us about their enhanced Liaison program. Over the past few years, Con Ed’s storm response has been enhanced in New Castle by the addition of a municipal liaison who has been assigned to New Castle. The person actually came to Town Hall and helped coordinate Con Ed clearing and restoration crews with our own DPW and police. Our ability to direct Con Ed resources assigned to the Town was significantly improved as a result. We are pleased that Con Ed has decided to grow this program.

Con Ed also informed us of a new program called the Danger Tree program. They are piloting this new program in Cortland where they are identifying trees that are dead, diseased or under stress that are located on private property but have the potential to take out Con Ed lines if they fall, so opposed to trees in the right of way.

Under this test program, Con Ed will request the permission of private property owners to remove these trees and, if granted, they will remove the tree at no cost to the homeowner. This program is not in New Castle yet. When and if it is expanded to the Town, we will be back to give residents an update.

Con Ed also informed us that smart meters are scheduled to be installed throughout New Castle by the end of the year.

Improvements to Our Website Are Coming

Lyle Anderson and Carrie Krams of NCCMC have been meeting with staff to plan out the new design for our website. We expect to roll out a new and improved New Castle Town website by Community Day in September 2019.

Expect to hear more about it in the coming months.