Much of downtown Newtown saw a bevy of utility trucks and workers Thursday afternoon, which the first selectman said was due to the installation of new power poles and equipment in connection with a business starting up in town.
Connecticut Light & Power and their contract crews are installing 55-foot utility poles to replace some old ones that range in height from 45 to 55-feet, First Selectman Pat Llodra said.
The poles, which will hold power lines that carry more charge, were needed for Advanced Fusion Systems, for its uses, Llodra said. The company was visited by Gov. Dannel Malloy last year.
As crews, who were spotted on Church Hill Road by , Queen Street and Glover Avenue, install the new poles, they also will be trimming back trees when necessary, which will be an added benefit of the work, Llodra said.
"They are going to take care of the trees," she said.
While the system will carry more power, there are no concerns the additional charge pose any hazards, the first selectman said, adding she asked that question of officials when she first learned of the project.
"The answer was no," Llodra said. "They have to meet their public safety standards."
The work is in addition to other tree trimming activities expected to be conducted around town, the first selectman said.