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5 Things You Didn't Know About The Quogue Village Eruv Proposal

The East End Eruv Association plans to place lechis on 48 utility poles.

Last week, the East End Eruv Association submitted a proposal to install a religious eruv boundary within the boarders of the Village of Quogue. Patch has since obtained a copy of the association's proposal. 

The following is a list of five details from the three-inch thick proposal:

1. The East End Eruv Association is proposing to attach one or two lechis to 48 poles in the Village of Quogue. Of those poles, 31 are owned by the Long Island Power Authority and 17 by Verizon.

2. The East End Eruv Association will inspect the eruv on a weekly basis. Specifically, a rabbi will travel along the eruv every Friday to ensure the lechis "remain securely fastened to the poles."

3. Each lechi will be made from 5/8-inch half-round, black, thin walled plastic molding and be secured with galvanized nails.

4. The lechis will run from the ground to no closer than 3 inches from the lowest cable on the pole.

5. To create the eruv perimeter, the lechis will be connected with a 1/4-inch nylon rope of contrasting color to black.

What do you think of the eruv proposal? Feel free to shout out your thoughts below.

Irina Richardson January 25, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Where is the synagogue in Quogue?
Erica Jackson (Editor) January 25, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Beachgirl, There is not a synagogue in Quogue, only in Westhampton Beach. However, there are members of the synagogue that live in Quogue and would use the eruv so they can carry things that they are not permitted to on the Sabbath.
HB Resident January 26, 2012 at 08:12 PM
I don't have a problem with the Eruv but I want to know is; Who is paying for it, and who is paying for the upkeep, and how will this affect the utilities in working on the poles.
Erica Jackson (Editor) January 26, 2012 at 09:16 PM
AH, According to the EEEA proposal, the association will pay for it and be responsible for it's upkeep.
HB Resident January 26, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Ok, but what happens when a pole for whatever reason comes down, does this interfere with the utility crew? Does a Rabbi have to be present when they replace it?
Erica Jackson (Editor) January 27, 2012 at 01:10 AM
AH I can look into your question. I do know that both lipa and Verizon are in support of the proposal.
Erica Jackson (Editor) January 28, 2012 at 03:32 PM
AH, According to the Eruv Association LIPA or Verizon would be responsible for the pole. The lechi (plastic strip) would not interfere with the utility crew. A Rabbi would not have to be present and after the utilities repairs are made, the EEEA would be solely responsible for re-attaching a lechi to the repaired pole.

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