Homeowners pay for Hydro One's failed policies

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: 4:09 PM ET

TORONTO -- Talk about a power trip.

Why did the high voltage lines cross the road?

Why did Hydro One move transmission lines for a solar farm that hasn't yet been built off the property of one of their senior managers to neighbours' properties?

It's a question that's perplexing folk on the 4th Line in Shanty Bay, around 15 kilometres northeast of Barrie.

I reported Jan. 13 how Hydro One plans to take hydro lines off the property of home owner Tim Ferris -- who also works for the giant utility that manages the province's hydro lines -- to homes across the road.

Ferris, who could not be reached for comment, has a hydro easement on his property allowing placement of the hydro lines. The home of his neighbour, Jackie Crocker, across the road does not.

Yet, Hydro One wants to upgrade the lines -- and put them on the road allowance on her property.

Ferris is listed on the provincial Sunshine List as making $157,497 with Hydro One. 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."

Crocker is angry she has had no say in the move.


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