William Walker of Independence was doing some digging on his own but coming up with no answers.
More than two years ago, he said, Comcast installed an orange tube to run a cable line underground at Kentucky Road and Oxford Avenue in Independence, but it was never finished.
Not only is it an eyesore, its a danger to pedestrians and even motorists if its out in the road, as Ive seen it at times, he said.
The city was aware of it. The utility was aware of it. But it went unresolved.
So he wants to know: Why would Independence just let a utility company do as it pleases and not take care of this?
It turns out that this project wasnt claimed by Comcast. But in any case, the visual pollution is gone.
Zan McKinney with the Independence Public Works Department helped clear this matter up for the Dog. Heres what happened:
To the city, it appeared that one of two telecommunication companies AT&T and Comcast had installed lines and never done the final splice to finish the installation.
The city contacted AT&T, and company officials said the lines didnt belong to them. Then the city contacted Comcast. The company originally said it probably owned those lines but because of employee turnover, the contract had fallen through the cracks. They said someone would go out to fix it.
They didnt, so McKinney talked to Comcast again a couple of weeks ago but got a different answer. He was told the lines didnt belong to Comcast.
Then it became the citys job to resolve the problem.
We couldnt do anything like that until we got word that neither utility wanted to accept responsibility for those lines, he said.
A crew was dispatched to cut off the line below ground and bury it, and Walker reported that its been done.
The handsome hound suggests that if utility companies retained Three Dog Bakery or the Greenies folks to create an incentive program, crews would never forget to finish a job.
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