Virtually all of the money Brookfield paid Eversource Energy to analyze the possibility of relocating utility lines underground in the Four Corners area, will be put to another use now that Brookfield has dropped the idea of burying the lines.
First Selectman Steve Dunn says Eversource officials have informed him that the approximately $220,000 will be applied by Eversource toward moving telephone poles. Dunn says Brookfield would have had to move the poles anyway, so money wasn't wasted in studying the underground utility line idea.
Brookfield dropped the plan because it would have been upwards of $15 million.
Dunn says moving nine poles will be a lot work, because Eversource has to secure aerial easements from every property owner, noting that they just got sidewalks easements.