Trimming future problems

Posted on Dec 06 2020 in Bartholomew County REMC

At Bartholomew County REMC, we’re committed to providing you with reliable power. There are some things we can’t stop — high winds, thunderstorms, ice storms — but we do what we can to prevent the main outage culprit: trees, shrubs and brush that grow too close to power lines and distribution equipment.

To “cut back” on potential tree-related problems, we operate an aggressive vegetation management/right-of-way maintenance program. We currently keep a five-year cycle. In 2021, trimming will be done in the Ogilville area and southwest portion of our county. BCREMC has a utility easement on each side of the pole so we can trim properly.

Our crew will trim foliage growing under lines, overhanging branches and trees that could grow into lines. We will also remove trees directly under the lines. We pay special attention to dying, dead, diseased or other types of “danger” trees that could pull down on power lines if they fall. If you have trees on your property that need to be trimmed or taken out due to these concerns, you will be contacted with a bright green door hanger.

Keep in mind, the following year we come back and spray the undergrowth with an environmentally conscious herbicide that is not harmful to humans or animals.

To keep a safe, reliable, and affordable supply of power flowing to your home or business, we need your help. Let us know if you notice trees, especially dead trees or branches that might pose a risk to our power lines. Thank you for your understanding as we work to make our system reliable for our members.