518 area code – I attended the Public Service Commission presentation last night on the proposed plan to address the 518 area code issue and learned that of the two options presented (Overlay vs Geographic Split), the State and Feds heavily favor the overlay. The public present also heavily favored the overlay option. In fact since 2000, every time (four times) something like this has happened, the overlay option was chosen and they basically only offer the split option because they legally have to.
So I think it is pretty safe to assume that we will get the overlay option and everyone that has an existing 518 phone number will keep it and any new people will get the new area code.
The official decision will be made towards the end of this year and we should see some effect in about 18 months from now. One person suggested the new area code be 235, which is available, because that is also ADK which is an abbreviation for the Adirondacks.
The straw vote I collected on the options saw the #1 overlay option beat the #2 Split option by 2 to 1. 14 votes for Overlay and 6 votes for the split option.
The 518 area code will run out of numbers by the beginning of 2019.
There are two options being offered on how to address it and there will be a meeting put on by the NYS Public Service Commission at Glens Falls Crandall Library on Tues July 26th 5pm information meeting 6pm Public opinion hearing.
Option 1 Overlay: Overlay a new area code on top of the existing 518 area. Everyone that has a 518 number will keep it but all new numbers will have a new area code. But since there are two area codes servicing the same area everyone will have to dial the full 10 digit number with area code to call anyone else in the area. If you have 518 and your next door neighbor has 518, you will to dial 518 to call them. No matter who you call in our area you will have to use an area code.
Option 2 Geographic split: Split the 518 area and create a new area with a new area code based upon geography. This draws a line that runs SW to NE and runs through the southern portion of WashCo. This would have Salem in the northern portion with one area code and Greenwich/Cambridge in the southern portion with another area code. You would have to dial long distance to cross the line and they do not say yet who would keep 518 and who would be a new area code.
I plan on attending the meeting, so please reply back which you prefer option 1 or option 2 so I can voice our collective opinion.
Here is a link to see. Go down to appendix C to see the split on option 2
Hartford’s Internet Tower (Hudson Valley Wireless Internet Service Provider) is up! It is a 120′ tall mono-pole type of tower. The next phase will be to get power to it which most likely will take about 30 days.
Below is information about a ‘Home Fires’ program from the Adirondack Chapter of the American Red Cross that would result in a free smoke alarm installed in your home. Call the American Red Cross at 518-694-5121 or visit www.redcross.org/eny/homefires
Please help find Bella. Here is a notice put out by its owner.
LOST dog Argyle/Hartford….Coach Rd. and Pope Hill Rd.
Please spread the word.
Missing Coach Rd. and Pope Hill Rd. Argyle Hartford area please help us find her, she is a 4 pound chihuahua around 7 months old goes by Bella she took off 2 nights and we have been looking since there is a 300 dollar reward for her return ty all PM me or call 538-3139 ty all
Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner will hold a ‘Town Hall’ style of open office hours at the Hartford Town Hall on Sunday Feb 21 from 1-3pm. Please stop by if you have any concerns or issues you would like assistance with.