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Wellesley turns up the heat on Keyspan

Posted by Ralph Ranalli August 28, 2007 09:08 AM

WELLESLEY

Do a better job.

That was the message sent from to Wellesley Board of Selectmen to Keyspan this week.

Keyspan Permit Representative Francis X. O'Leary was before the selectmen seeking routine permission to extend a gas main on Marshall Road for a single residence, but board Chairman Owen Dugan took the opportunity to voice the town's concern about the company's workmanship in closing up trenches in street surfaces after they make such installations.

Dugan said the utility's work was "not up to standards."

"We don't want to dig into your bond to fix this, we want you people to do it right the first time," he said.

O'Leary replied that, sometimes, there is settlement in the pavement that cannot be prevented, but he said he would "take it back to the people that work in the district and tell them what the problem is." He suggested that the town give Keyspan a list of streets where problems exist and that the utility would "go out and address them."

Selectmen ultimately approved the Marshall Road permit on the condition that Keyspan meet with town engineers to discuss the problems, but voted to withhold action on a second permit request for Wellesley Avenue at the Wellesley Country Club until after the meeting.

-- Lisa Keen

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