Well, I did say we were to have trials and tribulations, did I not? Chalk up the quest for electrical services at the farm in the "trials and tribulations" category, please.
It started last May with a fruitless request from one of our neighbors for an easement for the lines. Yes, the LINES. We were not putting a pole on his property, the pole would be on our property; but the lines would have to run above a corner of his land, so we needed an easement for that. Since this would be nowhere near his house and near where other power poles and lines already run, we thought it would be a simple matter to get his permission, all concerned parties being neighborly and all. Let's just say it appears he has a long-running feud with NYSEG that, had it been disclosed to us up front, we probably would have went an alternate route in getting the easement. Who knew you could hold an air easement hostage? Many months wasted there.
By this time it was summer. And of course, those in the legal department at NYSEG do deserve to take their summer vacations. So we waited a bit more. Then, lo and behold, we discovered (or rediscovered) the prior owners of the farm actually had already secured an easement for the electrical pole from one of the other land-owners many years before. We had been told this at the time of the sale, but promptly forgot that little piece of information. Ok, that was our fault. NYSEG had the easement on file, too. I guess they just never looked for it. Or maybe it was just because we never asked them to look for it, ahem.
We finally got approval for the placement of the pole the first week in October. Yep, by this time it was all of October. We were told it would be a couple of weeks. Ok, that means two. Well, no. That really means five in NYSEG land. The pole went in during the first week of November, literally days before the ground froze for good until spring. Ahhh, another winter at the farm running off of batteries.
Now we're ready to get moving and finish up this project. Good thing our construction was not dependent on it. The delay would have been disastrous. The excavator and electrician will be there in the next week or so to dig the trench and start laying the cable. I won't believe it 'till I see the lights come on without a battery!
So, one whole year down in getting electric service at the farm.