The Municipal Clerk's Office and township officials received a letter from Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G) on March 30 regarding ongoing pole inspections taking place in Montclair.
PSE&G has contracted and authorized Osmose Utility Services, Inc., to perform wood pole inspections. The letter says the inspections will be performed between March 19 and August 1 in Montclair, Clifton, North Caldwell and Saddle Brook. Osmose Utility Services employees must carry and display proper identification.
The purpose of the inspections is to help ensure the safety and reliability of the electric distribution system, extend the life-cycle of the poles, and reduce maintenance and replacement costs.
The pole testing is performed by several methods. The most visible to the public is an 18" to 24" deep excavation at the base of the pole. Another method is holes are bored into the pole to identify damage that may have been caused by wood-destroying organism such as fungi decay and insects.
PSE&G says the excavation sites and work zones will be made safe and the restoration will be as reasonable as possible.
For questions, please contact the PSE&G Customer Inquiry Center at 1-800-436-7734.