Woman cries foul at Hydro One plan

Jackie Crocker, of Oro-Medonte, is outraged at the decision to relocate Hydro One lines to her side...

Jackie Crocker, of Oro-Medonte, is outraged at the decision to relocate Hydro One lines to her side of the road. (Mark Wanzel/QMI Agency)

Christina Blizzard, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:39 AM ET

TORONTO -- Jackie Crocker is fighting Hydro One's plans to cut down trees and move a high voltage power line to her property from the other side of the street.

She's angry because the existing power line is on her neighbour's property -- and he's a Hydro One manager.

The fight came to a head just before Christmas in Oro-Medonte township near Barrie, when Hydro One crews moved in and slashed trees on Crocker's property to make way for the power line.

At present, the wires on Fourth Line North in Shanty Bay are on a property on the opposite side of the road from Crocker's house.

The owner of the home that has the hydro lines on it now is superintendent of station services at Hydro One.

Hydro One is the utility giant that builds and maintains electricity lines.

The home's owner, Tim Ferris, is listed in the provincial Sunshine List as making $157,497 with Hydro One.

Hydro One would not give me his contact information and an e-mail to him was not returned.

His LinkedIn profile said his duties include "managing and supervising field staff and managers ensuring work was completed in a safe, productive and efficient manner."

The plan is for the line to follow its present route until it gets to Ferris's property -- then it moves across the road to Crocker's neighbour and her home.

Crews arrived on Crocker's property Dec. 19 to cut down trees to accommodate the new line -- just before the ice storm struck. To add insult to injury, they also cut off her telephone line.

"They're putting a high voltage power line onto my side of the road when I specifically purchased a house that wasn't on the hydro line," Crocker told me.

"I want to know why they're moving it here and they haven't given me a good answer."


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