Connecticut Light and Power is closing its Greenwich center. The CL&P center currently located on Railroad Avenue will be relocated to Stamford.
"On the surface, this does not seem like a big event. However, given the Town's 50 plus square miles, it becomes a major event," said the Greenwich Emergency Management Director Dan Warzoha.
This is one of seven CL&P locations in Connecticut that will be closing.
"It's not just Greenwich, it's not just Connecticut. It's happening in Massachusetts, it's happening in New Hampshire. The reasons are all the same- increasing efficiency, it's reducing costs, and it's consolidating our operations providing, what e believe, will be better service to our customers who have come to expect and deserve that," said CL&P and Yankee Gas spokesman Mitch Gross.
Greenwich officials and residents believe that moving the center may increase response time in emergency situations.
"This is not so much based on the restoration, but the actual imminent life threatening emergency where somebody is trapped in a car with wires down, or its a motor vehicle accident where there's trees or poles laying on the ground, or we have roads shut down. So, we are very, very concerned," said Warzoha.
But, CL&P says that will not be the case.
"This was not an easy decision to make. One of the things we looked very closely at was response times. We did a very thorough analysis of all of the locations we are closing and drive times were figured into that. We have determined that response times will not be significantly different without he closing of the Greenwich facility," said Gross.
"They laid out their plans and assured us of a level of response. Again, we just need to see the proof," said Warzoha.
All 22 employees currently working at the Greenwich Center will be able to keep their jobs when it is relocated at the end of this year.