By Stephen Sears

A Penelec spokesman believes the impending transfer of the 10 linemen who work out of the Penelec station in Corry to Erie would not compromise the safety of the city.

Dan Heher told Corry City Council Tuesday night that Penelec’s response time to emergencies in the Corry District, which includes the city, Elgin, Union City, Spartansburg, Columbus and Centerville, might even be faster under the new arrangement.

Corry City Council, however, and about 20 concerned citizens who packed council chambers Tuesday night to hear Heher discuss FirstEnergy Corp.’s decision to relocate the linemen, perhaps as soon as this fall, aren’t so sure.

They are afraid the 12,000 customers in Penelec’s Corry District might be left in the dark during a power outage or when firefighters need immediate service because a fire or vehicle accident has downed dangerous, live wires that jeopardize the lives of victims and first responders.

With linemen no longer based at the station on First Avenue, Mayor Scott Sanford said he fears Penelec’s response time to emergencies could be much slower.

See the Journal's Wednesday, September 16th edition for full story.

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