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Tall marker poles to go, AT&T; tells community


Reacting to complaints from neighbors in Allview Estates, AT&T; Corp. has agreed to remove the 4.5-foot orange-and-white marker poles the company had installed in their yards.

In connection with its plans to lay 41 miles of fiber-optic cables from Ellicott City to Silver Spring, the telephone giant put about 20 marker poles in residents' front and back yards 10 days ago to prevent contractors from accidentally cutting the fiber-optic cable.

In the past, such marker poles were green and only a foot tall, said residents, who wanted AT&T; to eliminate or modify the poles.

Since late last month, six neighbors have talked to County Councilman Dennis Schrader, who filed a complaint with the president of AT&T.;

Bill Amos, president of the Allview-Arrowhead Civic Association, said area "looks like a circus" because of the poles.

Wednesday evening, Ross Baker, director of government affairs for AT&T;, talked with the community and came up with an alternative.

Within the next few weeks, AT&T; engineers will install foot-tall green, white and orange markers, instead of the taller poles.

"We've worked it out," Mr. Baker said. "We're going to get what they need."

Police log

Oakland Mills: 6000 block of River Meadows Drive: A burglar broke a home's rear window and took jewelry Wednesday, police said.

Oakland Mills: 6000 block of Camelback Lane: A burglar entered a home through an unlocked rear window Wednesday and took an answering machine, police said.

Long Reach: 8300 block of Tamar Drive: A 1988 Acura Legend with Virginia tags PYV-786 was stolen Tuesday night or early Wednesday, police said.

Long Reach: 8500 block of Davis Road: Tools were stolen from a shed Friday or Saturday, police said.

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