Power Outage Planned for Some Neighborhood for Evening of Aug. 8

national gridAn eight hour long overnight power outage is scheduled in one Hamilton neighborhood in early August, National Grid has informed the town of Hamilton.

The outage will allow National Grid crews to safely make improvements to its electrical distribution system.

The outage is scheduled to start on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 11 p.m. and last until 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 9 and affect upper Asbury Street and a portion of Asbury Grove.

Specifically, power will be cut to 353-656 Asbury Street, 13-21 Essex Ave., 20 Hedding Ave., 464 Highland St. and 3-4 Sharon Road.

More than one week’s notice is being provided so that residents in the area can plan ahead and “make any necessary provisions to minimize discomfort” from the outage, according to National Grid.

The work could be rescheduled if there is inclement or extreme weather that day. If it is rescheduled, it would happen the next day at the same time.

Anyone with questions should contact National Grid directly at 1-800-322-3223.

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Sagging Tree Limb Causes Small Fire, Power Outage

power-line-1005204_1920Power was restored and the road reopened on Highland Street on Tuesday morning after a tree limb sagged onto electric wires, causing the wires to fall and knock out power.

The wires caught fire and dropped onto the sidewalk along Highland Street, between Linden Street and Moynihan Road. Traffic was detoured around the area while repairs were made and a portion of the tree was removed, according to Hamilton police Lt. Scott Janes. Power was out in the area for a few hours while the tree and electric crews fixed the problem.

Hamilton fire crews stood by for about an hour until police details and the DPW could block the road, said Fire Chief Philip Stevens.

A tree company will return at a later date for more tree work.

Airbags Help Avoid Serious Injury in Highland Crash

highland crash.jpgAirbags are being credited for helping avoid serious injuries in a two-car crash at the intersection of Asbury and Highland streets in Hamilton on Saturday afternoon.

The crash happened on May 21 at 2:16 pm. when one vehicle, shown in the accompanying photo, was traveling north on Highland Street. That vehicle struck a vehicle pulling out of Asbury Street, according to Hamilton police Sgt. Stephen Trepanier.

The vehicle coming out of Asbury Street failed to use care when entering Highland Street, Trepanier said.

He called the crash “another blessing for airbags” since one of the vehicles had a family riding in it.

The Hamilton Police Department, Hamilton Fire Department, Beauport Ambulance and the Wenham Fire were on scene and the Wenham Police Department assisted Hamilton police with traffic control while Hamilton police officers investigated.

The driver and passenger in the vehicle that was pulling out of Asbury Street were taken to Beverly Hospital, Trepanier said.

Police Chief Issues Reminder About Safe Driving in the Rain

There have been no serious storm-related problems in Hamilton as of 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

rainPolice Chief Russell Stevens said there is a tree leaning on some utility wires on Highland Street, but is not preventing vehicles from passing.

In addition, an urban and small stream flood warning is in effect for Hamilton until 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday because of a band of heavy rain that was moving through the area. It could mean 1-2 inches of rain, which could flood roads, according to the National Weather Service. Do not drive through flooded roads.

Because of the heavy rain and wind, Stevens offers some safe driving tips:

  • Use caution while driving
  • Remember that excess water on the roads may cause hydroplaning conditions
  • Massachusetts law requires that vehicles lights must be on when the wipers are on

Proposed Tower, Spurred by Town Bylaw Changes, Would Cover West Side of Hamilton

The 110-foot tall cell phone tower planned near Asbury Street will help increase cell phone service on the west side of Hamilton, helping add Verizon Wireless coverage at Pingree School, Bradley Palmer State Park and areas along Asbury and Highland streets, the project manager told the Hamilton Planning Board on Tuesday night.

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A formal application for the proposed tower at 434 Asbury St. has not yet been submitted by Blue Sky Towers and Verizon Wireless to town officials, but the tower plan is already undergoing federal review and permitting.

The new tower would cover a 1 to 2-1/2 mile radius, said project manager James George, and may reach to the downtown area. The companies have yet to submit propagation maps showing the expected coverage range but it will as part of the later formal special permit application to the Hamilton Planning Board.

While Blue Sky is co-developing the tower with Verizon Wireless, George said there will be space to lease to up to four additional cell phone providers. He said it is possible T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint may all locate an antenna on the pole “in time.”

“Most of Hamilton is void of coverage,” George said, adding that he has been working in Hamilton for the past 18-24 months to find a location for a new tower.

Later, he said a recent change to the town bylaws allowed the project to move forward – increasing the allowed height of a tower to 110 feet and reducing the fallzone to 200 feet from 500 feet.

George said he has also been seeking out new cell tower sites in neighboring Essex, Ipswich and Wenham in addition to additional locations in Hamilton.

In addition to the tower, the project would include a 100-foot by 100-foot fenced in area on the ground where equipment buildings would be located. The closest home is 370 feet away from the tower, George said.

The project will need a special permit from the Planning Board and undergo site plan review from the Zoning Board of Appeals to be built. The project’s attorney, Earl Duval of Lynnfield, said an application will be filed within a month. He said Blue Sky and Verizon Wireless will likely seek 1-2 waivers, including asking not to fly a test balloon for three days and instead fly it for one morning and then create images showing what the tower will look like.

When the application is filed and a public hearing is scheduled, Duval said a project engineer from ProTerra Design Group and a radio frequency engineer from Verizon will attend. Patrick Reffett, the Planning and Inspections director for the town of Hamilton, said public comment will be taken by the Planning Board during the hearing. He asked Blue Sky to present images showing what the tower will look like from nearby Canter Brook Farm and Asbury Street.

Hydrant Painting Will Continue Through September

Hamilton fire hydrant paintingHydrant painting will continue on the west side of Hamilton through September. Painting is ongoing in the Asbury and Highland street areas, according to Fire Chief Phil Stevens.

Some residents have asked firefighters why they are painting the hydrants white because they are worried the hydrants will not show up in the snow.  That’s just the primer, according to Stevens.

If you see a white hydrant, it will be painted yellow within a few days, according to Stevens.