Planned PSNH station closing has Hillsborough concerned
PSNH spokesman Martin Murray said the electric utility has decided to close the Hillsborough station and relocate its trucks and 15 employees to other locations in Bedford, Keene and Newport. Murray said the work stations serve as a starting point for the day-to-day operations of line crews.
But some local officials say that if the work station is moved out of town, response times of line crews in emergencies will be extended, placing citizens in danger and reducing business productivity in town.
Shattuck said the local Sylvania plant, the area’s largest employer, manufactures products that are shipped by truck for immediate use. Any delay in restoring power could mean a delay in production, Shattuck said, and that’s bad for business and the town.
Murray said that during the normal work day, response times to emergencies wouldn’t change much regardless of where the work station is located because crews are out on the road.
“Emergencies take priority, and we get there as quickly as possible,” Murray said.
In some cases, those workers leave their homes in a pickup truck and get to a scene faster than by bringing a large truck from the work station.
“We’re very cognizant of the concerns expressed by the emergency responders, and we will be taking that information into consideration while we’re refining our plan for relocating the work station,” he said.
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