Friday, October 16, 2015
Bill may force utilities to repair streets they destroy
Utility companies that trash streets while doing underground work would face jacked up fines under legislation being introduced in the City Council.
When companies like Con Ed, Time Warner and Verizon tear up streets to do utility work, they’re required to repave the road and leave it in good shape.
But Councilman Dan Garodnick said there are frequent complaints that streets are left unevenly paved, marred with potholes, or strewn with debris.
The bill he is sponsoring would double fines from $5,000 to $10,000 for violations like digging up a street without a permit, repaving a street improperly, or blocking a fire hydrant or bus stop.
Fines would jump from $1,000 to $5,000 for improperly installing curbs, failing to remove debris, and similar violations.